Sunday, May 21, 2006

Shocking Medical News of the Day

"Frat, Sorority Members at High Alcohol-Linked Injury Risk"

From the story on the National Women's Health Information Center website:
"The study also found that 60 percent of fraternity/sorority members reported getting drunk weekly, compared with 32 percent for other students, and 78 percent of fraternity/sorority members believed that getting drunk was OK, compared with 52 percent of other students.

Fraternity/sorority members who reported getting drunk at least weekly were five times more likely to fall from a height and 2.5 times more likely to suffer a burn than other students. They were also twice as likely to suffer at least one injury and more than twice as likely to injure someone else.

Female pledges and members who got drunk weekly had more than twice the risk of being sexually assaulted than other students who did not get drunk at least weekly."

Okay, there's nothing funny about alcoholism, injury, or sexual assault. What's really funny is the headline, which is sort of a no-brainer. Sometimes, folks, medical research just confirms what we all know using common sense.

The bottom line: When you're drunk, you are more likely to hurt yourself or others. And fraternity/sorority kids drink a lot. But you knew this already, didn't you?

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