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Alcohol-Related Visits to the Emergency Department by Injured Adolescents: A National Perspective

Given the numbers of young people ending up in hospital as a result of alcohol it might be that this American research might provide a useful perspective for those responsible for trying to influence those figures.

The authors say:

Our findings suggest that injured adolescents are more likely to present to the ED with an alcohol-related visit during the early hours of the morning, that the injury is more likely to be assault related and of higher acuity than non–alcohol-related visits. These findings suggest the ED as a potential site for alcohol prevention interventions with younger adolescents. However, these interventions will need to take into account when such adolescents will present to the ED and will need also to recognize that factors such as violence and aggression, in addition to alcohol use, may be important issues to address in the intervention.

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