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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(12), 3070-3081; doi:10.3390/ijerph6123070
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Sudden Unexpected Death in Alcohol Misuse—An Unrecognized Public Health Issue?

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Received: 29 October 2009 / Accepted: 29 November 2009 / Published: 4 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Alcohol and Public Health)
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Abstract

Sudden arrhythmic cardiac death can occur in chronic misusers of alcohol. The only findings at post mortem are fatty liver and a negative or low blood alcohol. This is an under-recognized entity. Coroner‘s post mortems in a typical UK city were studied. Seven out of 1,292 (0.5%) post mortems were deemed to have died of alcohol associated arrhythmic death. Applying this study to the UK as a whole, alcohol related arrhythmic death or as we have termed it SUDAM (Sudden Unexpected Death in Alcohol Misuse) probably accounts for around 1,000 deaths, many of which are misattributed to other causes
Keywords: alcohol; death; post mortem and sudden cardiac death alcohol; death; post mortem and sudden cardiac death
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Templeton, A.H.; Carter, K.L.T.; Sheron, N.; Gallagher, P.J.; Verrill, C. Sudden Unexpected Death in Alcohol Misuse—An Unrecognized Public Health Issue? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 3070-3081.

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