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Drunk Men More Likely to Drown: Study
The Local (Sweden) ^ | 20 Jun 13

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.


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1 posted on 06/19/2013 10:50:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Gee, ya think?


2 posted on 06/19/2013 10:52:28 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


3 posted on 06/19/2013 10:54:22 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: nickcarraway
“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.”

Aren’t alcohol and fishing complimentary sports?

4 posted on 06/19/2013 10:57:06 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (President Obama; The Slumlord of the Rentseekers)
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To: nickcarraway; SkyDancer

Somebody really... needed a study... for this?

*head explodes*

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.


5 posted on 06/19/2013 11:04:57 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


6 posted on 06/19/2013 11:06:22 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: nickcarraway

This is exactly why I never shower when I’ve been drinking.


7 posted on 06/19/2013 11:08:57 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (23,116,441 households on Food Stamps! Now that's what I call HISTORICAL!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

8 posted on 06/19/2013 11:12:14 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: nickcarraway
"a guess is that men are more inclined to take risks"

That is the most likely conclusion. Women who take the same risks as men are generally called crazy. I suppose about the same percentage of crazy women take the same risks as crazy men. Unless they're drunk, that is. But even considering that, I'll bet drunk crazy women don't act nearly as bad as drunk crazy men. It's just the nature of the species.
9 posted on 06/19/2013 11:17:12 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: nickcarraway
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.

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.

10 posted on 06/19/2013 11:17:34 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: nickcarraway

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.


11 posted on 06/19/2013 11:18:21 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: nickcarraway
The thing this doesn't tell us, though, is how much more likely men are to be out on the water than women.

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.

12 posted on 06/19/2013 11:19:15 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: nickcarraway

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.


13 posted on 06/19/2013 11:21:22 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: nickcarraway
Drunk Men More Likely to Drown: Study

Is Sherlock constipated ?

14 posted on 06/19/2013 11:32:21 PM PDT by llevrok (We are in a new Cold War. At home.)
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To: pepsionice
Or the Danish tourism board wants to make you think you can have an illegitimate baby in Denmark
15 posted on 06/19/2013 11:53:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
A significant number of small craft drowning victims were taking a leak over the side and fell in, by all appearances....

Drinking makes that situation more likely to occur. (You rent beer, you don't buy it.)

16 posted on 06/20/2013 12:30:58 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Jeff Winston

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).


17 posted on 06/20/2013 12:38:16 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
Aren’t alcohol and fishing complimentary sports?

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.

18 posted on 06/20/2013 12:43:19 AM PDT by MaxMax (I'f you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: nickcarraway

This should not come as a shock.


19 posted on 06/20/2013 12:44:34 AM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: nickcarraway
"Drunk Men More Likely to Drown: Study"

Related Story: "Stupid People and Journalists more likely to Vote Democrat"

20 posted on 06/20/2013 12:49:53 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: nickcarraway

It just isn’t a chick thing to say...hold muh beer...and then do something stupid.


21 posted on 06/20/2013 12:56:27 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

Women are more buoyant than men. Greater percentage of body fat (which floats), lower percentage of muscle and bone (which sink).


22 posted on 06/20/2013 1:26:47 AM PDT by TChad
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To: Mastador1

That can’t be considered true since no tax money was used in reaching that conclusion.


23 posted on 06/20/2013 3:11:29 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: nickcarraway
In my old hometown of La Crosse, Wisc. several years ago there was a rash of drownings of young, male, college students most of whom late at night or early morning walked out of one of the many downtown bars situated a few blocks from the Mississippi River, staggered down to the river, fell into the river, and drowned. Finally some concerned citizens started posting unofficial patrols close to the river and the cops started taking more notice as well. So many drowned, many people thought there was a serial killer pushing the students into the water.

The police managed to stop a few students heading for the river and attempted to turn them around and make them walk back to their college dorms in the other direction. A number of these students swore they were headed towards their dorms despite being only yards from the edge of the river. One young male was pulled out of the river by some passersby after stumbling into the water accidentally. He was one of the few who managed to fall in and survive only because there were people around. He was so drunk, he did not remember falling into the water. Once in the water, the river is very swift and very cold (except for a few summer months for the latter.) It would take a very strong (and sober) swimmer to be able to survive falling in during the cold weather months.

24 posted on 06/20/2013 3:22:00 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: nickcarraway

(slaps forehead) Why of course! How did I fail to see this?


25 posted on 06/20/2013 4:46:47 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: nickcarraway

Why do men drink more than women? Because they need to.


26 posted on 06/20/2013 5:01:24 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Irenic; All

probably funded with obama’s stimuloss plan...


27 posted on 06/20/2013 5:07:46 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: nickcarraway

wow ! Now nice to see we’re not alone in funding stupid studies with obvious conclusions doesn’t say what this one cost.


28 posted on 06/20/2013 5:10:19 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: nickcarraway

“Hålla min öl och titta på detta.”


29 posted on 06/20/2013 5:10:38 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: nickcarraway

I think this is because women have natural flotation devices that keep them afloat.


30 posted on 06/20/2013 5:13:18 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: nickcarraway

And this study cost how much? Or was it performed by government employees who would have had to be paid anyway?


31 posted on 06/20/2013 6:44:15 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Mastador1
And conversely sober women are more likely find drunk men are asses.

Isn't there a country song about that? "Don't come home a'drinkin' with lovin' on your mind" or something like that?

32 posted on 06/20/2013 6:48:16 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: nickcarraway

As someone who nearly drowned near the Delaware River Water Gap while drunk 35 years ago, I can believe this. I can’t believe they needed a study to determine this!


33 posted on 06/20/2013 6:52:02 AM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: JimRed

Isn’t there a country song about that?

Found it:

Well you thought I’d be waitin’ up when you came home last night
You’d been out with all the boys and you ended up half tight
But liquor and love that just don’t mix leave a bottle or me behind
And don’t come home a drinkin’ with lovin’ on your mind
No don’t come home a drinkin’ with lovin’ on your mind

Just stay out there on the town and see what you can find
Cause if you want that kind of love well you don’t need none of mine
So don’t come home a drinkin’ with lovin’ on your mind

[ steel - guitar ]

You never take me anywhere because you’re always gone
Many a night I’ve laid awake and cried dear all alone
And you come in a kissin’ on me it happens every time
No don’t come home a drinkin’ with lovin’ on your mind
No don’t come home a drinkin’...
No don’t come home a drinkin’ with lovin’ on your mind


34 posted on 06/20/2013 6:53:04 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: nickcarraway

Only 150 drown per year in Sweden? Maybe because it isn’t very easy to drown on ice.


35 posted on 06/20/2013 6:55:19 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: TChad
Women are more buoyant than men. Greater percentage of body fat (which floats), lower percentage of muscle and bone (which sink).

I was going to mention the built-in flotation devices, but decided against it.

36 posted on 06/20/2013 8:06:23 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: zeugma
I was going to mention the built-in flotation devices, but decided against it.

I have to admit that I too rejected "flotation devices." "Buoyant" sounded safer.

Now we're both sunk.

37 posted on 06/20/2013 7:53:37 PM PDT by TChad
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To: nickcarraway

That’s because the Swedish women sunbath nude upstream across the fjord from the brewery.


38 posted on 06/20/2013 7:58:52 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: nickcarraway

I find that alcohol keeps me...bouyant


39 posted on 06/20/2013 8:01:13 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

That’s ebullient,....you’ve been drinking again, haven’t you? ;^(


40 posted on 06/20/2013 8:03:01 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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