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New study shows women have higher risk of injury than men after more than three drinks

Published:Wednesday | November 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Aymara indigenous women drink alcohol while they spend the afternoon at a cemetery during Day of the Dead celebrations in Alaypata, Bolivia.


A NEW study of emergency department patients in 18 countries, including Guyana, shows that the risk of injury caused by acute alcohol consumption is higher for women compared with men.

While the risk of injury is similar for both men and women up to three ?standard? drinks, containing 16ml or 12.8g of pure ethanol, the risk then increases more rapidly for women, becoming twice the risk to men around 15 drinks and three times the risk to men around 30 drinks.

In this study, made available by the scientific journal, Addiction, the drinks were reportedly consumed within six hours prior to injury.

The risk of violence-rated injury is consistently larger than the risk of other types of injuries and has a steeper dose-response relationship than other types of injuries, meaning the risk of injury from violence increases more rapidly as the volume of alcohol consumed increases.

The ?standard? drink used in this study equals less than a 350-ml glass of five per cent ABV beer, a 150-ml glass of 12 per cent ABV wine, or a 44-ml glass of 80-proof spirit, each of which contains approximately 18ml of pure ethanol. In this study, one 750-ml bottle of 12 per cent wine equals 5.6 drinks.

The study looked at more than 13,000 injured patients from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Sweden, and Switzerland