Likely to be injured? Make sure you're 'drunk'
Friedman said it's important for clinicians to recognise intoxicated patients but also to understand how alcohol might affect the course of treatment.
Further research into the biomechanism of the protective phenomenon is needed, he said.
If the mechanism behind the protective effect were understood, we could then treat patients post-injury, either in the field or when they arrive at the hospital, with drugs that mimic alcohol, he added.
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