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Underage Male Drinkers Are By Far The Most Likely To Visit Emergency Rooms

August 9, 2010: 04:49 PM EST
Most visits by underage drinkers aged 12 to 20 to hospital emergency rooms involved males, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The SAMHSA report shows that in 2008 there were 188,981 alcohol-related visits to emergency rooms by adolescents and young adults. These accounted for 32.9 percent of all drug-related emergency department visits by this age group. More than 53 percent of those aged 12 to 17, and 62.1 percent among those aged 18 to 20, were males, the report found. Seventy percent of the trips to emergency rooms involved only alcohol, while 30 percent involved alcohol combined with other drugs, especially marijuana (57 percent). The report notes that 72.3 percent were treated and released to their home.
U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, "Emergency Department Visits Involving Underage Alcohol Use: 2008", The DAWN Report, August 09, 2010, © Drug Abuse Warning Network
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