Top 10 alcohol health claims17th July, 2012 by db_staff
4. Alcohol can help head injuries
A dose of alcohol may be a good treatment for people with head injuries, emergency doctors suggest.
Their basis for this is the discovery that people appear less likely to die following brain trauma if they have alcohol in their bloodstream.
It could be that alcohol dampens the body’s inflammatory response to injury, the US team told Archives of Surgery.
But they stressed that alcohol can cause medical complications and is contributory to many accidents.
Experts cautioned people should not interpret the findings as an excuse to drink more alcohol.
The amount of alcohol consumed appears to be important – too little and there is no effect, too much and the beneficial effects are lost, studies on animals suggest.