Association between liberalization of Scotland's liquor licensing laws and admissions for self poisoning in West Fife

Northridge, D.B., McMurray, J. and Lawson, A.A.H. (1986) Association between liberalization of Scotland's liquor licensing laws and admissions for self poisoning in West Fife. British Medical Journal, 293(6560), pp. 1466-1468. (doi:10.1136/bmj.293.6560.1466) (PMID:3099914) (PMCID:PMC1342238)

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Abstract

Data were collected prospectively on 2868 consecutive patients admitted for self poisoning between 1971 and 1982. Analysis showed a dramatic increase in the frequency of alcohol taken in association with self poisoning, in both sexes, after the liberalisation of Scotland's liquor licensing laws. This increase, however, did not appear to affect the severity of overdoses or the outcome. Total admission rates for self poisoning increased with relaxation of the liquor licensing laws, and since overdoses associated with alcohol tend to occur at night these impose considerable strain on casualty departments and acute admitting units.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMurray, Professor John
Authors: Northridge, D.B., McMurray, J., and Lawson, A.A.H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:British Medical Journal
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:0959-535X
ISSN (Online):1756-1833

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