Abstract: Our objective is to present a focused review of the scientific literature on the effect of alcohol consumption on violence related-injuries assessed in the emergency room (ER) and to show how psychological and behavioral sciences could lead to a better understanding of the factors contributing to alcohol-related injuries in the ER. We retrieved published literature through a detailed search in Academic Search Premier, MEDLINE with Full Text PsycARTICLES, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, PsycINFO, PUBMed and SocINDEX with Full Text for articles related to emergency rooms, medical problems and sociocognitive models addressing alcohol intoxication articles. The first search was conducted in June 2011 and updated until August 2013. Literature shows that compared to uninjured patients; injured ones have a higher probability of: (i) having an elevated blood-alcohol concentration upon arrival at the ER; (ii) reporting having drunk alcohol during the six hours preceding the event; and (iii) suffering from drinking-related consequences that adversely affect their social life. The main neurocognitive and sociocognitive models on alcohol and aggression are also discussed in order to understand the aetiology of violence-related injuries in emergency rooms. Suggestions are made for future research and prevention.
Keywords: alcohol; violence; injury; emergency room; aggression; social cognition
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Zerhouni, O.; Bègue, L.; Brousse, G.; Carpentier, F.; Dematteis, M.; Pennel, L.; Swendsen, J.; Cherpitel, C. Alcohol and Violence in the Emergency Room: A Review and Perspectives from Psychological and Social Sciences. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 4584-4606.
Zerhouni O, Bègue L, Brousse G, Carpentier F, Dematteis M, Pennel L, Swendsen J, Cherpitel C. Alcohol and Violence in the Emergency Room: A Review and Perspectives from Psychological and Social Sciences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2013; 10(10):4584-4606.
Zerhouni, Oulmann; Bègue, Laurent; Brousse, Georges; Carpentier, Françoise; Dematteis, Maurice; Pennel, Lucie; Swendsen, Joel; Cherpitel, Cheryl. 2013. "Alcohol and Violence in the Emergency Room: A Review and Perspectives from Psychological and Social Sciences." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 10, no. 10: 4584-4606.