Table 2:

Changes in number of visits to the emergency department attributable to alcohol use by diagnostic codes, 2003–2016

ICD-10 code*No. of visitsAbsolute % increase
All years20032016
Mental health harms
 Acute intoxication (F100)363 56618 34134 27686.9
 Harmful use (F101)174 942937617 97991.8
 Alcohol dependence (F102)89 118649667373.7
 Alcohol withdrawal (F103, F104)93 332428211 010178.2
 Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol, other, i.e., psychosis, amnesic syndrome (F105–F109)88463801313245.5
Medical harms
 Alcoholic liver disease (K700–K704, K709)23 19210632,452130.7
 Alcoholic gastritis (K292)11 79977197626.6
 Accidental or intentional poisoning by alcohol (X45, Y15, X65)21 5321187189859.9
 Other medical conditions due to alcohol, i.e., alcohol induced: acute pancreatitis, neuropathy, cardiomyopathy (G312, G621, G721, I426, K852, K860, E244, T510, T519, R780)28 6181753277558.3
 Maternal care for (suspected) damage to fetus from alcohol/Fetal alcohol syndrome (Q99304, Q99305, Q860, P043)87861342133.3
Total815 82343 65579 55082.2
  • Note: ICD-10 = International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision.

  • * See Appendix 1, Supplementary Table 1 (available at for the full description of the ICD-10 codes in the indicator.

  • See Appendix 1, Supplementary Table 2 for an analysis of the annual percentage increase in rates of ICD-10 codes accounting for changes in population demographics.

  • Total number of codes exceeds the total number of emergency department visits because some visits were considered to be caused by more than 1 alcohol-related harm and therefore were assigned more than 1 ICD-10 code.