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Rev Saude Publica. 2008 Apr;42(2):350-2. Epub 2008 Feb 29.

[Blood alcohol concentration in fatal traffic accidents in the Federal District, Brazil].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Instituto de Medicina Legal, Secretaria de Estado de Segurança Pública do Distrito Federal, Brasília, DF, Brazil.


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.

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