Originally Posted by Nausikaa
Interesting statistic that. It would seem that not drinking is just as dangerous as imbibing your favourite tipple.
That depends on the base rate of drinking.
For example (and I'm making up the % of drunk Swedes here) if only 10% of Swedes are drinking at any one time and 50% of drownings are drinking, this means your chances of drowning increase dramatically if you drink.
Imagine 100 Swedes.
10% drinking so 10 are drinking and 90 are not drinking
If not drinking is the same dangerous as drinking then you would expect 90% of drownings to be non-drinkers just because there are more of them.
If the rate is 50-50, let's say 2 drunk drownings and 2 non-drinking drownings (4 drownings out of 100 people), this means that 20% of drinking people drown while only 2.2% of non-drinkers drown.