Emergency Visits Highlight Burden of Alcohol Use on Public Health
In addition to an overall higher rate, increases were particularly large amongst females – providing further evidence that the gender gap in alcohol-related harm in the U.S. is closing. According to a new study conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA):
"The rate of alcohol-related visits to U.S. emergency departments increased by nearly 50 percent between 2006 and 2014, especially among females and drinkers who are middle-aged or older."
The Director of the NIAAA, George Koob, Ph.D. says:
“These findings are indicative of the detrimental effects that acute and chronic alcohol misuse have on public health, and the significant burden they place on our healthcare system.”