Alcohol as a risk factor for downhill skiing trauma.
To assess the role of alcohol in downhill skiing injuries.
Comparison of alcohol consumption habits and blood alcohol concentrations of injured skiers to those of randomly selected controls.
Materials and Methods
121 injured skiers and 701 control subjects were interviewed and gave breath samples for the determination of blood alcohol concentration.
Measurements and Main Results
Neither mean blood alcohol concentration nor the number of subjects with an intoxicating level of alcohol in blood (>0.5 g/L ; 2.9% of control subjects and 3.3% of the injured patients) differed significantly between the groups.
Also, the severity of the injury and the blood alcohol concentration seemed to be independent of each other ; all of the most severe traumas occurred in subjects with no detectable alcohol in blood.
Alcohol does not seem to be a major etiological factor in skiing-related injuries.
Mots-clés Pascal : Traumatisme, Ski, Sport, Homme, Facteur risque, Intoxication, Ethanol, Epidémiologie, Santé publique, Accident corporel, Finlande, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Trauma, Skiing, Sport, Human, Risk factor, Poisoning, Ethanol, Epidemiology, Personal injury, Finland, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0142592
Code Inist : 002B16L. Création : 199608.