Blood alcohol concentrations, condition of liver, and arrests were studied for 1251 consecutive highway deaths of persons aged 15 years or older who survived less than six hours after crashes in three California counties. Fifty-eight percent of the drivers, 47% of the passengers, and 36% of the pedestrians had alcohol in their blood, usually concentrations of 150 mg/100 ml or higher. About two thirds of such high concentrations were associated with fatty livers or previous arrests, usually involving alcohol,
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