Year: 2008 Source: Collegium Antropologicum, v.32, suppl.2, (2008), p.123-125 SIEC No: 20090915

The hypothesis that the level of alcohol intoxication & the choice of method are related was tested. Suicides in southwestern Croatia during the period 1996-2005 were analyzed. 10 methods of suicide were studied. The highest blood alcohol levels at the time of suicide were those that involved the use of an explosive device, a method more common during the war & post-war period. Victims were not chronic alcoholics; excessive alcohol consumption occurred as the result of psychiatric disorders arising from the stress of war experiences. (17 refs.)