Many adults enjoy going out for a few drinks once in a while. But a few drinks can quite easily turn into a few more and before you know it you are over your limit and feeling pretty drunk. This is the stage when accidents can easily occur and they can be pretty serious. But does being drunk lessen the effect of an injury? Whether it is a road traffic accident or a slip, trip or fall?
How are injuries caused when you are drunk?
When you are drunk you find you have fewer inhibitions which may mean you suddenly have a lot of confidence to say something or do something that your sober self would never think about doing, ever. This could be something as simple as kissing a stranger to something as stupid as climbing scaffolding or dancing on tables. Slips, trips and falls are very common when drunk as you lose your balance due to your body and brain being starved of the fluid they need to function properly, which is why you can end up with a horrible headache the next day.
But can an injury really be lessened when you are drunk?
Yes, it can. The reason for this is that when you drink, the toxins in the alcohol can affect your central nervous system. Once the system has been interrupted and intoxicated this is when you start to get the slurred speech, imbalance, blurred vision and also a dulled sensation to pain. Alcohol was once used as anaesthetic so as you can see it can certainly lessen the pain effect of injury. At this stage of being drunk serious accidents and slip, trip and fall injuries can be sustained.
Will this dulling sensation of pain from an injury last?
Definitely not, if an injury is lessened by being drunk, the victim of the injury will start feeling the pain more once the body starts processing the alcohol; as you start sobering up the dulling sensation lessens. For doctors and paramedics this is the true indicator of how severe the injury is, especially if they haven’t run many tests or scans yet.
Not all accidents are necessarily your fault when drunk. Although being drunk can be a factor of being involved in an accident, incidents such as slips, trip or falls on a broken paving slab or a loose wire in a club needn’t be caused by alcohol.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline to see if you could be eligible to make an accident claim.
Date Published: September 5, 2013
Author: David Brown