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Older men at risk of drowning

Published torsdag 20 juni 2013 kl 10.29
Men are more likely to drown, according to the new report. Photo: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix

Although the number of deaths by drowning in Sweden has been cut by half since the year 2000, there is still one group at risk -- men, and particularly older men, reports newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

According to a new study, over 80 percent of those who drown accidentally are men. Half of them have alcohol in the blood.

"The grandchildren should tell grandpa to put on a life vest before he goes fishing," says one of the authors of the report, Johanna Gustavsson at the University of Karlstad.

The study, by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, mapped nearly 4,000 cases of drowning between 1997 and 2011. Of those who drowned in accidents, and that were not suspected suicides, a clear majority were men.

"We don't know exactly why, but a guess is that men are generally more likely to take risks," says Johanna Gustavsson.

According to the Swedish Life Saving Society, men more often drive boats and swim while under the influence of alcohol, while women tend to wear life vests.

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