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The relationship between alcohol, location, and nontraffic injuries

In this study, researchers investigated what impact location and time had on the relationship between alcohol consumption and nontraffic injuries. They studied data from 49 emergency departments in 22 countries concerning over 15,000 injury patients who had recently consumed alcohol; they also collected data on location at the time of consumption and injury. Researchers found a significant interaction between where the alcohol was consumed and the risk of injury. High alcohol consumption in the street or another public place increased the chances of injury more than having drinks in a bar, workplace, or other private location. The paper, “The interactive effect of location, alcohol consumption, and nontraffic injury,” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It was published in the journal Addiction.