Brand of Beer Linked to Likelihood of an ER Visit

beerYou may already know that drinking ups your chance of injury. New research pointed out that even walking after a few alcoholic beverages can be deadly. Alcohol has been linked to increased risk of visiting the emergency room, having a car accident, and drowning, and is often involved in homicides. Now a recent study has even further dissected the issue, examining particularly which brews seem to make people more at risk for injury. It found that about 1/3 of all visits to the ER are drinking-related, and that most often, when people in Baltimore where the study was conducted, visit the hospital after consuming alcohol, they’ve been drinking Budweiser, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice or Bud Light. The scientists involved speculate that it may be because the malt liquor classification of Steel Reserve, Colt 45, and Bud Ice means they are higher in alcohol content than other beers, leading to more drunken recklessness and more injuries. While they are not sure if these results are specific to Baltimore, they suggest that this new data might have implications for labeling and marketing for beers containing a higher alcohol content.

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