Number of pages: 198
Publication date: 2013
Language: English, Spanish
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Alcohol consumption has been associated with injuries in a wide variety of settings and from a number of causes, including those related to traffic, falls, fires, sports, and the workplace, and those resulting from interpersonal and self-inflicted violence. In the Americas, interpersonal violence (including intimate partner violence) and traffic injuries are a matter of great concern for governments and the general population.
This book explores the relationship between alcohol consumption and injuries in the Americas. The research presented here brings to light the impact of alcohol on nonfatal injuries in various countries, and represents an enormous effort to collect, analyze, and compare information obtained from emergency rooms in these countries. The results clearly illustrate the significant impact of alcohol consumption on violence and the burden it causes to health systems and societies as a whole. The book also describes various ways to reduce alcohol-related injuries, including the use of cost-effective policies to decrease harmful drinking at the population as well as the individual level.