25/09/2009

Drunken Head Injury Patients Unlikely to Die

Alcohol may be good treatment for head injuries

However, may lead to other medical complications. 


 

Dr Ali Salim and his colleagues from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, found head injury patients who had drunk were significantly less likely to die than those who had not had any alcohol.

 

They conclude that this is because alcohol dampens the human body's inflammatory response to injury.

 

On the other side, patients with alcohol in their bloodstream are more likely to experience medical complications during their hospital stay.

 

This does not mean that one should drive drunk as alcohol increases the incidence of accidents.