(09/23/09) A team of doctors from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has determined that people with brain and head injuries may actually receive medical benefits from having small doses of alcohol in their blood. Dr. Ali Salim and a team of his peers believe that the presence of alcohol in the bloodstream at the time the accident occurs or during treatment might help the victim avoid death.

One possibility that explains why this would work is that the alcohol would slow the body’s natural reaction to swelling and inflammation. In cases of head injuries and trauma, inflammation can be lethal. However, as interesting as this theory may be, it also comes with the warning that it’s no reason to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Alcohol is also responsible for its fair share of medical problems and is quite notorious for being the cause of injuries as well.

For the alcohol to make a difference in aiding brain or head injuries, the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream can’t be too low and it certainly can’t be too high. A level that is too low would not produce any results or bear any effect on the inflammation, and a level that is too high would eliminate the beneficial properties. While the correct dose is still unknown, Dr. Salim and his team are conducting tests on animals to determine the right amount. A correct dose could be a major success against battling secondary brain injuries, which primarily include swelling and inflammation.

Dr. Salim’s findings were based on more than 38,000 cases of head injuries, the largest such clinical investigation of alcohol and head injuries ever conducted. The findings also concluded that the majority of patients with alcohol in their blood at the time of their accidents were younger than those without.

Of course, all of the physicians involved with this specific study agreed that alcohol must be used with moderation and responsibility. The results also showed that patients with alcohol in their blood when the accidents occurred experienced certain complications during their hospital stays.

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