Alcohol is a prominent contributor to traumatic injury and death among people 40 years old and younger. In addition to resulting in injury in many instances, alcohol abuse may make medical and surgical treatment more complicated. Several steps can be taken to prevent damage caused by alcohol abuse. Determination of blood alcohol concentration, the use of drug screens, and mention of alcoholism on charts and death certificates are examples of such steps. Alcohol should be suspected in all cases involving trauma, and public education programs should emphasize the problem. The public should seek legal and social solutions, and the medical profession should seek clarification of the legal complications of dealing with the inebriated patient in the emergency room.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Medical Association

    1905 North Lamar Boulevard
    Austin, TX  United States  78705
  • Authors:
    • Thompson, C T
  • Publication Date: 1983-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 51-52
  • Serial:
    • Texas Medicine
    • Volume: 79
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: Texas Medical Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00394046
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 776
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM