So there's this theory going around that being drunk makes you less prone to die in a car crash or other blunt force trauma like falling because you are more "relaxed" and your body is limp. Is there any truth to it?
From comments on a reddit post:
I think it's because it leaves you less prone to inertia. If you're relaxed like a drunk usually is, your body gets tossed around like a rag doll but it moves with the force of the collision instead of remaining stationary and having the force of the collision go through the body. At least that's how it was explained to me. I am gullible, though.
From answers to a Yahoo question:
When drunk, your muscles are limp, your reflexes are slow, etc. Blunt force traumas are easier to take if you respond like jelly instead of by tensing up. Fewer bones may break, less internal bleeding from tensed muscles around bones being banged around. I forget the exact example, but someone survived a 60-foot fall down a cliff edge barely scathed, because he fell while asleep and limp.