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Report: Alcohol sends 1,000 young per year to ERs

November 24, 2010

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BOSTON—Boston public health officials says alcohol-related problems are sending nearly 1,000 college-age residents to hospital emergency rooms each year.

An analysis by the Boston Public Health Commission found that since 2008, 18- to 22-year-olds have made 40,000 visits to city emergency rooms, and of that number, more than 2 percent were alcohol-related.

Commission Executive Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer calls the numbers "a serious problem and a burden on the health care system."

The study reported by The Boston Globe shows that the number of visits was highest from September to November, early in the school year, and least common during the summer. College-age residents had made more than 930 emergency room visits by mid-November this year.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe