Beer Injury Update

by Savitha C Muppala on  August 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News   - G J E 4
A recent pilot study found that people preferred to drink five brands of beer which was also associated with visits to emergency department due to injury after consumption.
 Beer Injury Update
Beer Injury Update

The study showed that out of the five brands- Steel reserve, Colt 45, Budweiser, Bud Ice and Bud Light, three are a kind of "malt liquor," which contains higher alcohol content as compared to regular beer.

As part of the study to evaluate injured ER patients' alcohol consumption by brand and type, researchers spoke to patients at the Johns Hopkins Hospital emergency department in Baltimore. Statistics also showed that 105 patients confessed to drinking before they were admitted to emergency departments with injury, and out of them 69% were men.

"Recent studies reveal that nearly a third of injury visits to Level I trauma centers were alcohol-related and frequently a result of heavy drinking," lead author David Jernigan, said.

"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," he explained.

Some of the positive outcomes of this study will be to have clear labeling of alcohol content on malt liquor beverages and taxation of beer depending on alcohol content to restrict people from consuming beer with elevated levels of alcohol.

Source: Medindia

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