Prepared for presentation at the Joint Meeting of the American Medical Society on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies and the Research society on Alcoholism, San Francisco, California, April 18–22, 1986. Supported by a National Alcohol Research Center Grant (AA-05545) from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Drinking Patterns and Problems Associated with Injury Status in Emergency Room Admissions
Article first published online: 11 APR 2006
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Volume 12, Issue 1, pages 105–110, February 1988
How to Cite
Cherpitel, C. J. S. (1988), Drinking Patterns and Problems Associated with Injury Status in Emergency Room Admissions. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 12: 105–110. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.1988.tb00141.x
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2006
- Received for publication April 23, 1986; revised manuscript received November 24, 1986 and April 21, 1987; accepted June 9, 1987.
A study of emergency room admissions at San Francisco General Hospital was undertaken to analyze the association of drinking patterns and problems with injury status. A 20% probability sample of patients admitted to the emergency room around-the-clock over a 60-day period was interviewed. Interviews were completed on 75% of those sampled (N= 1896). Of these, 29% (N= 555) were admitted to the emergency room for injuries, with drinkers more likely than abstainers to be admitted for injuries. Differences were found in the quantity and frequency of usual drinking and frequency of drunkenness for type and cause of injury and for prior alcohol-related accidents. Little difference was found between the injured and noninjured on social consequences of drinking or experiences associated with alcohol dependence and loss of control over drinking. Both injured and noninjured in this population reported much higher rates of frequent heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems than that found in the general population which may have masked additional associations of drinking patterns and problems with injury status.