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Research Christmas 2008: Music

Head and neck injury risks in heavy metal: head bangers stuck between rock and a hard bass

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 18 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2825

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What about the beer?

One flaw in this study is that the authors did not take into account
the effects of alcohol. Someone who is more heavily intoxicated might
experience injury at a lower song tempo, due to the lack of physical
coordination observed with alcohol overindulgence. Furthermore, some of
the symptoms attributed to mild traumatic brain injury might have stemmed
from intoxication.

Clearly, the confounding effects of alcohol on head banging injuries
need to be studied further.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 January 2009
Rebecca A. Drayer
Instructor of Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center