Budweiser, Bud Ice, Bud Light, Colt 45 and Steel Reserve beer brands account for most alcohol-related emergency room visits according to a Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health report. An Aug. 24 news release identified the specific brands because, “Understanding the relationship between alcohol brands and their connection to injury may help guide policy makers in considering taxation and physical availability of different types of alcohol, given the harms associated with them,” according to lead study author David Jernigan.
Brand names, type of alcohol and how much alcohol one consumes are just three of the many factors that can lead to an ER visit, notes the study.
The pilot study was conducted on Friday and Saturday nights in an East Baltimore ER department between April 2010 and June 2011. The researchers were from The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the school.
The researchers told Medical News Today that since the study was conducted at an emergency ward in one particular area, the next step is to do this type of research in more depth with "a larger sample of emergency department admissions for injury, across multiple cities and hospitals." The Baltimore study was a pilot study only, including 105 patients.
Alcohol misuse is the number one cause of all ER visits in the United States, accounting for traffic crash injuries, household accidents, poisonings, drug interactions, victims of violence and other health complications from the disease of alcoholism. Two hospital admissions every minute are alcohol-related.
As noted in the 2013 book on alcoholic relapse, Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud:
30 percent of transportation injuries are alcohol-related;
22 percent of the 12 million home-accident injuries in 2012 were alcohol-related;
58 percent of fire fatalities have alcohol in their systems, which presumably kept them from fleeing safely;
45 percent of drownings are alcohol-related;
17 percent of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths are due to mothers' alcohol use;
15.5 percent of occupational injuries are alcohol-related; and,
56 percent of assault victims have alcohol in their bodies.