Table 3:

Temporal trends in emergency department visits attributable to alcohol use and all-cause emergency department visits, 2003–2016

CharacteristicWomenMen
20032016Absolute % increase20032016Absolute % increase
No. of all-cause visits2 010 4802 836 98441.1*1 878 1412 430 53429.4*
No. of visits attributable to alcohol11 86824 951110.2*27 96249 66977.6*
No. of individuals who visited because of alcohol use882315 40875.6*17 16727 34859.3*
No. of visits attributable to alcohol per year in individuals with an initial visit, mean (95% CI)1.35 (1.32–1.37)1.62 (1.59–1.67)20.91.63 (1.58–1.66)1.82 (1.78–1.86)11.7
Age-standardized rate of all-cause visits (per 10 000 population)3599.734312.5219.83506.143806.978.6
Age-standardized rate of visits attributable to alcohol (per 10 000 population)20.7138.6286.551.1278.3153.2
Proportion of all visits attributable to alcohol0.59%0.88%49.11.49%2.04%36.9
  • Note: CI = confidence interval.

  • * p < 0.001 χ2 test comparing change between 2003 and 2016 for men and for women.

  • p < 0.001 t test on difference in averages between 2003 and 2016 for men and for women.