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.”

Read the full study from The National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism here.