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Alcohol, Drugs a Poor Halloween Mix
When you're under the influence, carving pumpkins and other holiday fun can lead to injury, doctor warns
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SATURDAY, Oct. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol, drugs and Halloween are a bad blend, an ER doctor warns.
"Injuries related to pumpkin carving are more common if persons are intoxicated or under the influence of mood-altering substances. Puncture-type injuries are quite common during Halloween -- especially injuries to the index finger," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Even when you're sober, it's important to take some safety precautions when carving your jack-o'-lantern. Glatter offers these tips:
"In general, it is safer to hold the top of the pumpkin and carve with the tip of the blade pointing down to the floor," Glatter said.
Some adults tend to drink to excess on Halloween, which increases their risk of injury, he said.
"The potential for injuries and falls as a result of loose-fitting costumes and special masks or hats which may hamper their ability to walk carefully and hinder their vision, coupled with mood-altering substances is a recipe for injury and harm," Glatter warned.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on Halloween health and safety.
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