Alcohol and Unintentional Injury

  • Julian A. Waller


Injury has three faces—that deliberately directed against others (assault, homicide), that deliberately turned against oneself (suicide), and that which is unintentional (so-called accidents). According to official mortality statistics, these three types of injury lead to almost 150,000 deaths annually in the United States, 112,000 from unintentional injury, 12,000 from homicide, and 22,000 from suicide. A more accurate estimate, however, is that as many as 50,000 deaths per year are suicides (Anonymous, 1968). An additional 50 million people annually have unintentional injuries serious enough to require medical treatment or to result in loss of a day or more of usual activities (National Safety Council, 1971a). Unintentional injury vies with heart disease as the leading medical cause of lost man-years of productivity in the United States and is the most common cause of death under age forty.


Blood Alcohol Concentration Unintentional Injury Social Drinker Injury Event Crash Risk 
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  • Julian A. Waller
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  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Environmental HealthUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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