New York: Alcohol-related emergency room visits skyrocket
on 18/11/10 at 10:40 amBooze News
Heavy boozing has caused a shocking spike in drunken injuries and emergency room visits in New York, a troubling new study says.Nearly 74,000 people wound up in hospitals in 2009 for alcohol-related reasons, compared with just 22,000 in 2003 – a jump of nearly 250%, said the city Health Department study, which was released yesterday.
“Excessive alcohol use in general is a serious problem,” said Health Commissioner Thomas Farley. “The data suggest that the problem is getting worse.”
Hard drinkers wind up in the ER for reasons ranging from alcohol poisoning to barroom fights and drunken spills.