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Unnatural and Violent Death in Cases with High Blood Alcohol Concentration- Autopsy Study.

Research paper by Danica D Cvetković, Vladimir V Živković, Vera V Lukić, Slobodan S Nikolić

Indexed on: 24 Feb '17Published on: 24 Feb '17Published in: Journal of Forensic Sciences



Abstract

The use of alcohol increases the risk of dying from unnatural or violent causes. The presented study explored the distribution of age, gender, cause, and circumstances of death in persons who died in an unnatural and violent manner, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) higher than 0.3 g/dL, and where the cause of death was not alcohol intoxication. We defined the control (0 < BAC < 0.3 g/dL) and study (BAC ≥ 0.3 g/dL) groups, as in subjects with these concentrations, there is a significant risk of gross intoxication, stupor, and death. The subjects from the study group were older, with no difference in gender distribution. Traffic accidents were the most common fatal event in both groups, followed by suicides. Other accidents (choking on food and exposure to fire) were more frequent in the study group. Compared to the control group, subjects from the study group were older persons whose deaths were mainly accidental.