Trauma Doctors Bring Attention to Crash Victims' Drinking
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"The Sommers study developed some surprising data," she continues.
"In other studies, the majority of binge drinkers have denied that their
drinking to excess is a problem. It is remarkable that Sommers and her group
got as many as 60% to admit the connection between their injuries and their
alcohol use. This high rate of success may be related to the fact that these
persons were approached during that teachable moment."
"Their study shows that such a moment is the perfect opportunity -- if
physicians would recognize and seize it -- to intervene and say, 'Hey, this is
a problem for you,'" continues Nedza, who practices at Christ Hospital
Medical Center in Chicago. "Just a couple-minute investment of time could
help a person gain the self-recognition necessary to make the decision to get
The Sommers study is a preliminary investigation, part of a larger-scale,
experimental trial funded by the CDC, that is looking at ways to decrease
repeated alcohol-related injuries.
- A new study shows that 60% of patients admitted to the hospital because of
a drinking-related motor vehicle crash realize that alcohol was partially or
- Researchers say that this is a teachable moment for physicians to counsel
patients on their drinking habits.
- In people under the age of 34, unintentional injury is the No. 1 cause of
deaths, mostly due to motor vehicle crashes.