Up until today, I always believed there was some strange ability of alcohol to alter the gravitational constant of the universe in the immediate vicinity of those who consume it that contributed to the association between liquor and injury.
This week, however, I learned that I've had it all wrong. Alcohol, it seems, actually prevents trauma... at least in certain cases. According to the BBC, patients with EtOH on board appear less likely to die from brain trauma than teetotalers. Experts believe that the right amount of booze can prevent secondary brain injury caused by swelling, in addition to the more well-known heart benefits.
Before we start stocking IV Smirnoff in the Pyxis, however, it's worth remembering that countless of other studies have linked alcohol and injury. Just remember: everything in moderation.