BRISBANE, Australia, July 20 (UPI) -- People who drink alcohol are up to four times more likely than non-drinkers to be hurt from physical injuries, an Australian study finds.
The University of Queensland study found any alcohol consumption quadrupled the risk of injury for the first six hours after drinking alcohol, and this risk remained at 2.5 times that of a non-drinker for the next 24 hours.
Quantity and specific drinks such as beer or spirits did not increase injury risk, but mixing drinks increased injury risk five-fold, according to study leader Dr. Kerrianne Watt.
Watt interviewed about 500 people who were admitted into the Gold Coast Hospital Emergency Department between October 2000 and October 2001 about their injuries.
The most common injuries were falls, being hit by or against something and car and motorbike crashes.
"We have been conditioned to think I'm drinking but not driving, I'm fine, I don't need to worry about anything, but that's not necessarily true," said Watt.