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May 16, 2001

Elevated Blood Alcohol and Risk of Injury Among Bicyclists

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(19):2445-2446. doi:10.1001/jama.285.19.2445

To The Editor: Dr Li and colleagues1 studied 124 cases of serious injury, including 34 deaths, among bicycle riders whose blood alcohol content (BAC) was measured. Alcohol was detected in 16 cases and BACs for these cases ranged from 0.02 g/dL, the threshold of detection, to well over 0.20 g/dL. (This latter figure is inferred from the mean of 0.18 g/dL reported by the authors for those 16 cases with positive BAC results, although no data were reported about the actual distribution of BAC.)

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