Alcohol-Related Mortality Risk in Natural and Non-Natural Death Cases
Article first published online: 25 SEP 2009
© 2009 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 54, Issue 6, pages 1429–1432, November 2009
How to Cite
Törő, K., Dunay, G., Róna, K., Klausz, G. and Fehér, S. (2009), Alcohol-Related Mortality Risk in Natural and Non-Natural Death Cases. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 54: 1429–1432. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2009.01162.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 25 SEP 2009
- Received 23 Sept. 2008; and in revised form 10 Nov. 2008; accepted 21 Nov. 2008.
- forensic science;
- blood alcohol;
- natural death;
- hierarchical log-linear models
Abstract: Determination of the associations between alcohol influence and sudden natural death represents challenges for medicolegal investigations. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of alcohol influence in medicolegal autopsies. In our study of natural and non-natural deaths cases (5496 total: 4045 males, 1451 females) were examined. Blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) were detected by headspace gas chromatographic method. We investigated the alcohol-related mortality using hierarchical log-linear statistical models. Severe BACs were detected among suicidal victims in the oldest age group (>65 years) (InF = 0.442) and among the homicide victims between the age of 40–65 years (InF = 0.234). Correlations we found between manner-of-death and sex suggested that the rate of males in accidents (lnF = 0.140) and the rate of females in homicides (lnF = 0.193) were higher. It was concluded that the accurate statistical mortality database may provide a huge support for the determination of alcohol effects on human health and mortality.