A Study of Blood Alcohol Level in Victims of Fatal Road Traffic Accidents in Manipur, India

Authors

  • Tej Bahadur Chhetri
  • U B Ghaffar
  • Syed Meraj Ahmed

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15362

Keywords:

Road traffic accident, alcohol, post-mortem examination, drunk driving

Abstract

Background: Alcohol is well-established risk factors for road traffic deaths around the world. Method:
This is a cross-sectional study to assess the prevalence of alcohol consumption among the victims of fatal
road traffic accidents in Imphal, Manipur. A detailed post-mortem examination was carried out among
160 victims and blood alcohol concentration was assessed by Cavett test and then quantified by gas liquid
chromatography. Result: A total of 40 (25%) cases were found to be positive for alcohol in the blood. Most
of the cases 11(27.5%) occurred in age group of 21-30 years and 41- 50 years, respectively. Maximum
number of cases 13(32.5%) showed blood alcohol concentration of 90-120 mg% while 7(17.5%) cases
showed readings above 180 mg%. Conclusion: This study found that driving under the influence of alcohol,
exponentially increases the risk of having an accident which could be fatal in its outcome.

Author Biographies

Tej Bahadur Chhetri

Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Dr Vasantrao Pawar Medical College, Hospital &
Research centre, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

U B Ghaffar

Assistant Professor Forensic Medicine, Department of Pathology,College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Al-Majmaah, Saudi Arabia

Syed Meraj Ahmed

Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Dr Vasantrao Pawar Medical College, Hospital & Research centre, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

Published

2021-05-17

How to Cite

Chhetri, T. B. ., Ghaffar, U. B. ., & Ahmed, S. M. . (2021). A Study of Blood Alcohol Level in Victims of Fatal Road Traffic Accidents in Manipur, India. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(3), 551-556. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15362