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Drunk Drowners

A recent study clearly links drunkenness and drownings. "Our figures indicate that alcohol is as much a part of drowning as of automobile accidents," says Park E. Dietz, who made the study at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School. Nearly half of all persons over 14 who drowned in Baltimore in the five-year period ending in 1972 blood alcohol levels that would make them legally intoxicated.

The study found that the most likely drowning victim is a young man, aged 15 to 24, swimming or boating while drunk. The most likely location is in a river or creek.

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