If you have an accident or serious injury while drunk you are more likely to recover than if you are sober. In fact, there is a thing called the ragdoll effect, where if you fall while drunk or do not brace during a crash, you are more likely to survive.
“I drink to make other people more interesting.” – Ernest Hemingway
Researchers of the University of Chicago have spent 14 years examining the ragdoll effect, analysing the blood alcohol of 190,000 trauma patients. With the exception of burns death rates from all traumatic injury fell as blood alcohol levels rose. Amongst the extremely drunk mortality rates fell by nearly 50%. Gunshot and stab victims had the greatest benefit. Amongst drivers however, you are between two-to-four times more likely to die in a car crash.
Elaine: So what you are saying is that 90 to 95 percent of the population is undateable?
Elaine: Then how are all these people getting together?
– Seinfeld (1995) Season 7, Episode 4; “The Wink” [No. 114]