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NCJ Number: 235789 Find in a Library
Title: Alcohol Ingestion and Age of Death in Hanging Suicides
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:56  Issue:4  Dated:July 2011  Pages:922-924
Author(s): Rexson Tse, M.B.B.S.; Noel Sims; Roger W. Byard, M.D.
Date Published: July 2011
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A retrospective review of 100 consecutive, nondecomposed cases of suicide because of hanging was conducted at Forensic Science SA, Adelaide, Australia.
Abstract: Alcohol was detected in 38 cases (38 percent). The percentage of victims who had ingested alcohol significantly decreased with age (r2 = 0.81), with alcohol detected in 57.1 percent of those aged less than or equal to 24 years, compared to 28.5 percent of those aged between 55 and 64 years, and 0.0 percent of those aged less than or equal to 65 years. A similar linear relationship between alcohol ingestion and age was found for cases with blood alcohol levels greater than 0.05 g/100 mL (r2 = 0.73). The mean ages of those with detectable alcohol (35.2 years) levels greater than 0.05 g/100 mL (35.1 years) and levels greater than 0.1 g/100 mL (37.2 years) were all significantly less than in those with no detectable alcohol (44.4 years) (p less than 0.005, less than 0.005, less than 0.05 respectively). A clear relationship between alcohol ingestion and younger age was shown in hanging suicides. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Age group comparisons; Alcoholic beverage consumption; Australia; Case studies; Death investigations; Foreign criminal justice research; Forensic sciences; Suicide; Suicide causes; Suicide prevention; Victim profiles
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