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Does alcohol substance abuse lead to injury?

Bonnie Lynn Wright, PhD
Geriatrics Nursing
Given that people who drink and drive often hurt themselves or others, the answer is yes, alcohol abuse leads to injury. Given the number of drunks who show up in the Emergency Departments across the continent after having fallen down and scraped or broken something, the answer is an even bigger yes. Alcohol abuse, whether short term from binge drinking or long term from daily abuse, skews perception, vision and sense of balance, putting one at risk of falling or crashing into something that would otherwise be avoided.

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