Skip to comments.Drunk Men More Likely to Drown: Study
Posted on 06/19/2013 10:50:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Men are twice as likely as women to drown, according to a new study, with middle-aged men with alcohol in their bodies posing the greatest risk.
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"It was surprising that there were so many, many more men. It raises many questions, said Johanna Gustavsson, lecturer in risk management at Karlstad University and one of the study authors, to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.
The study considered 4,000 cases of drowning between 1997 and 2011 and, excluding confirmed cases of suicide, men account for 80 percent of fatalities.
"We don't know why this is, but a guess is that men are more inclined to take risks," Gustavsson told DN.
These risks include driving boats without life jackets and a higher incidence of alcohol use.
According to the study, every second male drowning victim has alcohol in his body, rising to 65 percent among those in the 45-64 age group.
The main risk group has previously been children and young people, a situation mirrored in many other parts of the world. But this has now changed and older people are now at the most risk, according to the study.
"Grandchildren should tell their granddad to put on a life jacket when he goes out fishing," Gustavsson said.
Overall there has been a dramatic decline in the number of fatalities from drowning, with the death toll halving since the turn of the century. Despite the development the researchers called for a national information programme to prevent accidents.
"There are (programmes) for traffic, workplace security and fires, so it also feels necessary to prioritize this area," Gustavsson said.
The study shows that around 150 Swedes currently die from drowning every year.
Gee, ya think?
Just in general...if you travel to Sweden, Norway, or Finland....you tend to note that people drink more. It might be mostly beer....but they all drink more on average.
Aren’t alcohol and fishing complimentary sports?
Somebody really... needed a study... for this?
Sorry to bother you out in Oz with this, but jeez... have you thought about staying there? I’d suggest it and I’ve never been there. If you can handle the heat and don’t mind not carrying, stay, because we have too many stupid people.
Most people who are bitten by snakes have been drinking.
Most people who ________________ have been drinking.
Drinking makes people stupid.... that’s all you really need to know.
This is exactly why I never shower when I’ve been drinking.
Same as in the United States.
From 1999 through 2010, 24,254 accidental adult males drownings in the US, compared to 5,708 accidental adult female drownings.
That's 81% men.
Here is another piece of earth shattering news, drunk men are more likely to find homely women attractive. And conversely sober women are more likely find drunk men are asses.
I have a gut feeling that at any given time, there are a LOT more men out on or in the water than there are women.
Can I get a grant for a follow-up study to prove that drunk men bump their heads more often? I’ll even volunteer as a test subject, for the sake of science.
Is Sherlock constipated ?
Drinking makes that situation more likely to occur. (You rent beer, you don't buy it.)
I would wager most of those women (though not all) were out on the water with a man—who would pull them back in the boat if they fell overboard. Men will go out solo, and if they fall in while urinating may not be able to get back in the boat (especially if they do so under way).
Yes, but you can be darn sure those who drowned ate carrots within a year of
their drowning too. Something all of us should take seriously.
This should not come as a shock.
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