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MODELLI, Manoel Eugenio dos Santos; PRATESI, Riccardo  and  TAUIL, Pedro Luiz. Blood alcohol concentration in fatal traffic accidents in the Federal District, Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.2, pp.350-352.  Epub Feb 29, 2008. ISSN 1518-8787.

The objective of the study was to assess the association between high blood alcohol levels and fatal victims of traffic accidents in the Brazilian Federal District, in 2005. A total of 442 casualties (163 pedestrians, 84 victims of overturns, and 195 of collisions) were studied. Blood alcohol concentration was analyzed in 238 cases (53.7%). Most victims were young males, aged between 18 and 35 years. Blood alcohol levels higher than 0.6 g/L were detected in 44.2% of collision victims; 57.7% of victims of overturns and 32.5% of pedestrians. The difference in proportions between overturn victims with blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.6 g/L and those victims of other traffic accidents was statistically significant.

Keywords : Alcohol Drinking; Accidents, Traffic [mortality]; Risk Factors; External Causes.

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