January 18, 2018

Alcohol-Related E.R. Visits Surge

Heavy and chronic alcohol consumption is blamed for a significant increase in emergency department visits over an eight-year period, according to a study by the Research Society on Alcoholism.

While moderate drinking up to one drink per day for women, two for men can be part of a healthy lifestyle, excessive and chronic drinking can contribute to injury and disease.

Study of 945 Hospitals

Each year, U.S. patients utilize emergency department (ED) services more than 130 million times, averaging nearly four visits per every 10 people. Alcohol-related injury and disease are commonly the cause of these visits. This study examined trends in ED visits that involved heavy and chronic drinking by age and gender between 2006 to 2014.

Researchers accessed data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), a U.S. database representing 945 hospitals in 33 states and Washington, D.C. They assessed changes in the prevalence and rates of ED visits involving persons 12 years of age and older.

Larger Increase for Females

Findings of the study included:

Given the greater burden of alcohol-related ED use and its associated costs particularly within the age group of 4554 years for both males and females the authors called for a greater use of evidence-based interventions for patients who are in emergency situations.

Source: White AM, et al "Trends in Alcohol-Related Emergency Department Visits in the United States: Results from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, 2006 to 2014." Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research January 2018.

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