Year: 1996 Source: Journal of Studies on Alcohol, v.57, no.3, (May 1996), p.244-248 SIEC No: 20090732

This study analyzed alcohol in fatalites in Hinds County, Mississippi (a dry county) compared to Contra Costa County, California (a wet county). Data on all unnatural deaths during a 1-year period among those 18 years & older were abstracted from county coroner’s files. 222 cases in Hinds County & 304 cases in Contra Costa County were identified. For the cases where toxicology data were obtained, suicide accounted for 44% of deaths in Hinds County & 33% of deaths in Contra Costa County. Ethnicity (non-black), a negative blood alcohol concentration, & a positive drug screen were predictive of suicide. (19 refs.)