Association Between Manner of Death and Blood Alcohol in Thai Postmortem Cases at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Police General Hospital

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Somsong Lawanprasert
Sirirat Phomhitatorn
Wachirawich Tungtananuwat
Theerin Sinchai
Sitanan Raktham
Sirirat Phomhitatorn Phomhitatorn
Kridsada Anuntawuttikul


Alcohol drinking is proposed to be one of the most important factors associated with unnatural death. This study aims to investigate the association between the manner of death and blood alcohol levels in Thai postmortem cases at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Police General Hospital during the time period from October 1, 2017 to September 31, 2018. The data (total number of 4,003 cases) were analyzed using Pearson Chi-square and Cramer’s V statistics. The results demonstrated that blood alcohol findings in corpses were moderately associated to gender. Manner of death was strongly associated with the findings of Blood Alcohol Level--BAC in blood samples. Blood alcohol levels significantly increased relative risk to death with 3 causes of death: accidents, homicides and suicides. Among these 3 causes of death, the causes of death with the highest percentages of cases were traffic accidents, homicides by stabbing and suicides by shooting. This study provides beneficial information for prevention of unnatural deaths attributed to alcoholic consumption.


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