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Blackouts Lead To More Drinking Injuries

07/01/2011 08:44 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2011

One or two blackouts from drinking make it much more likely a student will suffer an alcohol related injury in the future, according to a new study.

Blacking out is relatively common in college. According to the report, more than half of the 800 students surveyed had experienced a blackout sometime in the last 12 months. 7% had more than six blackouts.

The overall prevalence of alcohol-related injuries was just over 25 percent, and the risk was the same for women and men.

The more alcohol-related blackouts a student experienced, the greater the risk of accidental injury. One to two memory blackouts increased the risk by 57 percent, and those with at least six blackouts were nearly three times as likely to suffer an injury.

"It may be easier for a student to dismiss general health warnings on excessive alcohol drinking harms than to refute that his extreme alcohol drinking is causing impairment in brain function" the study warned.

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