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Yury Evgeny Razvodovsky

Abstract

BACKGROUND: High accidental death rates in the former Soviet republics (FSR) and its profound fluctuation over the past decades have attracted considerable interest. The research evidences emphasize binge drinking pattern as a potentially important contributor to accident mortality crisis in FSR. In line with this evidence we assume that higher level of alcohol consumption in con­junction with binge drinking pattern results in close aggregate-level association between alcohol psychoses and accidental death rates in the former Soviet Slavic republic Belarus. METHODS: Trends in alcohol psychoses rate (as a proxy for alcohol consumption) from 1979 to 2007 were analyzed employing a distributed lag analysis in order to asses bivariate relation­ship between the two time series. RESULTS: According to the Bureau of Forensic Medicine autopsy reports the number of deaths due to accidents and injuries increased by 52.5% (from 62.3 to 95.0 per 100.000 of resi­dents), and fatal alcohol poisoning rate increased by 108.6% (from 12.8 to 26.7 per 100.000 of residents) in Belarus between 1979 and 2007. Alcohol in blood was found in 50.1% victims of deaths from accidents and injuries for the whole period, with the minimum figure 40% in 1986 and maximum 58.2% in 2005. The outcome of distributed lags analysis indicated statisti­cally significant association between the number of alcohol psychoses cases and the number BAC-positive deaths from accidents at zero lag. CONCLUSIONS: The outcome of this study supports previous findings suggesting that alcohol and deaths from accidents are closely connected in a culture with prevailing intoxication-oriented drinking pattern, and add to growing body of evidence that a substantial proportion of acci­dental deaths in Belarus are due to effects of binge drinking.

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How to Cite
RAZVODOVSKY, Yury Evgeny. Contribution of alcohol in accident related mortality in Belarus: a time series approach. Journal of Injury and Violence Research, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 58-64, dec. 2010. ISSN 2008-4072. Available at: <http://jivresearch.org/jivr/index.php/jivr/article/view/100>. Date accessed: 17 dec. 2017.
Keywords
accidental deaths; alcohol psychoses; Belarus; time series approach
Section
Original Research Article

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