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Walking home drunk and alone? Think again

AAP logoAAP 1/12/2016 Luke Costin

If you're thinking of walking home from the Christmas party drunk and alone, think again.

A review of admissions to The Alfred hospital's trauma centre shows one in four pedestrians seriously injured in traffic accidents were alcohol-affected.

Biswadev Mitra, the lead researcher of trauma study, says too often people are injured on their way home.

"If you have had a few too many and you plan on walking home, make sure you have a sober friend with you or even better - get a cab," Associate Professor Mitra said on Friday.

The study says about one in 10 seriously injured cyclists admitted to hospital after traffic accidents were also intoxicated.

Associate Professor Mitra wants hospitals to test the blood alcohol content of all people involved in road crashes, not just drivers.

Police are forbidden from randomly breath-testing cyclists on Victorian roads, despite it being illegal to ride on the road while drunk.

But Police Minister Lisa Neville says breath-testing all road users could result in more pedestrians and cyclists getting behind the wheel.

"We need to be careful that we don't end up with a policy outcome that actually sees more behind the wheel, where we actually get deaths and injuries," Mr Neville told ABC on Friday.

"At the moment, the statistics don't indicate that those cyclists who are riding home at night after having a few drinks are, in any way, contributing to the road toll or road injury."

The study defined 'intoxicated' as BAC above and including 0.05.

It reviewed all non-motorised road users who presented to The Alfred's trauma unit between 2009 and 2014.

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