CDC: Booze-Abuse ER Visits Up 38%--For Both Men and Women

September 7, 2013 - 5:12 PM

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( - Americans visited emergency rooms for alcohol-related diagnoses in 2009-2010 at a rate that was 38 percent higher than in 2001-2002, according to data released this week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

Rate of Emergency Department Visits for Alcohol-Related Diagnoses

The figure above shows the rate of ER visits for alcohol-related diagnoses by sex, in the United States from 2001-2002 to 2009-2010. (CDC)

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."