-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Most everyone knows the
dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. With the
holidays approaching, an expert warns that
walking under the influence of alcohol can also have deadly
"Every movement ranging from driving a car to simply walking to the bathroom is compromised," Dr. Thomas Esposito, a trauma surgeon at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., said in a university news release. "Alcohol impairs your judgment, reflexes and coordination."
Over the past 25 years, Esposito has seen firsthand the adverse
effects of "drunk walking." From July 2009 to June 2010, 55 people
who'd been struck by a car had their blood-alcohol content checked.
Of those, "24 percent had blood-alcohol concentrations at or above
0.08 percent, the accepted level for intoxication," he said.
Although alcohol is involved in many pedestrian deaths
throughout the year, alcohol-related pedestrian deaths reportedly
peak on New Year's Day. Esposito noted that in addition to these
cases, many people are injured at home after drinking too much.
"It's not just walking outside. We often see people who have been drinking that have fallen down the stairs or tripped at home and injured themselves," Esposito said. "Others have unwisely chosen to 'get into it' with guns, knives, bottles and fists."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides
health and safety tips.
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