Christmas and New Year’s Are Best Time to Die
GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA – December 13, 2018
Christmas and New Year’s are not only the best holidays, but also, perhaps, the most dangerous time of the year. People get injured decorating the Christmas tree and wind up in the hospital due to food and alcohol poisoning. Every year, the Christmas holidays takes dozens of lives. Such are the sad statistics not only in the US, but in the whole world.
People often catch colds and get frostbite. Also scientists say that cold and cloudy weather could increase the risk of having a heart attack.
For example, Swedish scientists have found that people are most at risk of suffering a heart attack on December 24, or Christmas Eve, than any other day during the holiday season, says a study published on Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ.
The team of researchers, led by David Erlinge, professor of cardiology at Sweden's Lund University, examined data from more than 280,000 people who were hospitalized in Sweden due to a heart attack between 1998 and 2013.
According to the study, peak risk occurred around 10:00 pm on Christmas Eve. On that day, the risk of a heart attack was "37% higher than during the control period," which accounted for two weeks before and after a holiday.
Risks were also higher on Christmas and New Year's Day, but not New Year's Eve. The study said that it was more likely to manifest "in older and sicker patients, suggesting a role of external triggers in vulnerable individuals."
And people often suffer from food or alcohol poisoning during the Christmas holidays--Christmas dinner ends this way for every fifth resident in America, statistics show. The culprit is often turkey or leftovers eaten gradually throughout the holidays.
During the holidays, the risk of fires is 50% higher, as people lose vigilance, completely given to fun and alcohol intoxication, often leaving candles or cigarettes burning at night, or forgetting to turn off household appliances.
In the US, the causes of fires are also often faulty Christmas decorations that people put on their houses.
The risk of injury on the street is much higher than at home, which is understandable. Every year the number of fractures and bruises received from falling on the ice exceeds several thousand. Firecrackers and fireworks cause serious injuries and burns. And it’s not only children and adults that suffer this way, but also animals, sometimes hit by fireworks.
But on a positive note, the number of suicides and attempted suicides during the holidays are decreasing, especially among women, statistics show.