Five beers linked most to emergency room visits

Five beer brands were most consumed by emergency room patients, Johns Hopkins researchers have found.

 Budweiser, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice and Bud Light were found to have been drunk by patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital over a one-year period more than any other brands.

Three of the beers are malt liquors, which typically have higher alcohol contents, according to a pilot study by researchers at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse, the study is the first to look at alcohol consumption by brand and type from patients reporting to the emergency department with injury.

Nearly a third of emergency department level 1 injuries are alcohol related.

The study was done looking at patients on Friday and Saturday nights from April 2010 to June 2011. Seventy-three of 105 patients admitted to drinking alcohol before their injury.


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