Alcohol-related violence and injury is a significant public health problem and a substantial burden on hospital EDs, especially on weekends during ‘high-alcohol hours’.
In this study by Peter Miller and Nic Droste, from Deakin School of Psychology, and Tim Baker from CREM, all patients aged 15 years or older presenting to a regional emergency department were asked whether alcohol was consumed in the 12 hours prior to injury, how many standard drinks were consumed, where they purchased most of the alcohol and where they consumed the last alcoholic drink.
The study found that this ED data collection was feasible, alcohol injuries were linked to identifiable venues and public areas, and packaged liquor sales substantially contribute to emergency department attendances.
Miller P, Droste N, Baker T, Gervis C. Last drinks: A study of rural emergency department data collection to identify and target community alcohol-related violence. Emergency Medicine Australasia 2015, Jun;27(3):225-31.