Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Interesting study

Believe it or not, I have never been to the emergency room for any reason related to alcohol (including injuries, surprisingly). That could potentially be because I'm not drinking the right beverages (not that I'm trying to go to the ER...let me explain.)

Apparently certain beers are more responsible than others for putting people in the hospital, for whatever reason. And the list isn't all that surprising...

According to the New York Times (who apparently has free time to do this kind of research): 

Nationwide, roughly a third of all visits to emergency rooms for injuries are alcohol related. Now a new study suggests that certain beverages may be more likely to be involved than others.

The study, carried out over the course of a year at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, found that five beer brands were consumed most often by people who ended up in the emergency room. They were Budweiser, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice and Bud Light.

Three of the brands are malt liquors, which typically contain more alcohol than regular beer. Four malt liquors accounted for nearly half of the beer consumption by emergency room patients, even though they account for less than 3 percent of beer consumption in the general population.

Less than 3 percent of the beer consumption but nearly half of the ER visits? It all makes perfect sense.

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