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Forsyth county “theory” disproven with facts

Admin Mar 12

Drunks More Likely to Survive Injuries, Study Suggests


Forsyth Sheriff’s office released a statement last month stating that alcohol was a contributing factor to Tamla Horsford death, resulting in an accidental fall off of a residential deck. Aside from Jose Barrera who social media strongly believes that he is a person of interest, have no other tangible, logical, or even factual information to corobroate this.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) study shows that not only does an appreciable blood-alcohol level seem to increase a trauma victim’s chances of survival after being admitted to a hospital, but that the drunker a victim is, the more likely he or she is to survive.

Normally, under normal circumstances a fall 15 feet unto grass, substained by a healthy adult should not prove to be fatal. According to science and gravity. So considering the GBI claims that Tamla’s blood alcohol was 3 times the legal driving limit, her fall should have bruised her not killed her.


“After an injury, if you are intoxicated there seems to be a pretty substantial protective effect,” said Lee Friedman, the author of the study and an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at UIC, in  a statment issued by the school.

“The more alcohol you have in your system, the more the protective effect.”

Friedman’s study shows a correlation between a high blood-alcohol content and an increased chance of survival after a serious injury.

While previous studies have examined the interactions between trauma outcome and blood-alcohol content, most have focused either on particular injuries, such as head trauma, or particular injury mechanisms, such as car accidents.

Friedman analyzed all 190,612 patients treated at Illinois’ trauma centers between 1995 and 2009 who were tested for blood-alcohol content, with levels ranging from zero to 0.5 percent at time of admission. (Blood-alcohol levels above about 0.35 percent can be fatal.) He found that with the exception of burn injuries, the mortality rates of all types of traumatic injury decreased as the blood-alcohol content of victims rose.

At the upper bounds of intoxication, mortality rates were cut by nearly 50 percent, said Friedman.


There is a folk belief that drunken injuries, especially those incurred during car crashes, are likely to be less severe, due perhaps to increased relaxation or limpness at the time of an accident. But Friedman says his research has convinced him that this belief is “probably grossly overestimated and false.”

His findings don’t show that a drunk driver’s injuries during a car crash are likely to be less serious than those suffered by potential sober victims, just that if all parties suffer the same injuries, the sober ones are more likely to die.

“You don’t die from the injury itself, you die from the subsequent physiological response, things like inflammation and rapid fluid loss,” Friedman told Life’s Little Mysteries. “If you get shot by a gun, it’s not the hole that kills you.”

And it’s when a person’s body goes into emergency preservation mode — tripping a cascade of physiological panic buttons that can ironically end in death — that alcohol seems to help most.

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