CDC: Booze-Abuse ER Visits Up 38%--For Both Men and Women
This excluded visits for injuries caused by alcohol-induced accidents, such as falls and car crashes.
The rate of alcohol-related-diagnoses ER visits went up 38 percent for men and also 38 percent for women.
The ER visits tracked by the CDC analysis included diagnoses for alcoholic psychosis, alcohol-dependence syndrome, alcohol abuse, alcoholic polyneuropathy, alcoholic cardiomyopathy, alcoholic gastritis, alcoholic liver cirrhosis, excess blood alcohol, and alcohol poisoning.Although males were consistently more likely to need to visit an emergency room for an alcohol-related diagnoses, the percentage increase for both male and female visits was the same over the period.
"From 2001–2002 to 2009–2010, the rate of emergency department visits for alcohol-related diagnoses for males increased 38%, from 68 to 94 visits per 10,000 population," said the CDC. "Over the same period, the visit rate for females also increased 38%, from 26 to 36 visits per 10,000 population."