Author(s): Skibin L, Bilban M, Balazic J
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Abstract Consumption of alcohol increases the risk of dying a violent death. We wanted to establish a connection between harmful alcohol use and dying a violent death. We analyzed all such victims in the extended region of Ljubljana. The research included 1630 deceased, who were autopsied at the Forensic Institute of the Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine in the period from 1995 to 1999. Presence of alcohol was established in 76.3\% of the cases. From all included in the research, 38.2\% of all work accident victims, 28.8\% of all murder victims, 25.4\% of suicides, 24.6\% of victims involved in traffic accidents and 19.3\% of those who died in accidents at home. 23.2\% of all violent death victims had a concentration of alcohol above 1.5 g/kg; among those, victims of traffic accidents, suicides and accidents at home represent the largest part. The lowest values of alcohol in blood were found in those who died because of accidents at work. The highest values were found in males aged 35-44. The research confirmed that consumption of alcohol in Slovenia was strongly connected to violent deaths. The blood levels of alcohol of the victims are distinctively higher where there are practically no limitations of alcohol consumption and lower in the environment or activities where legal restrictions prohibit or at least explicitly limit harmful use of alcohol (working environment).
This article was published in Forensic Sci Int
and referenced in Journal of Forensic Research