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QuickStats: Rate* of Emergency Department Visits for Alcohol-Related Diagnoses,† by Sex — National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2001–2002 to 2009–2010

The figure shows the rate of emergency department visits for alcohol-related diagnoses, by sex, in the United States from 2001-2002 to 2009-2010. The rate of emergency department visits for alcohol-related diagnoses for males increased 38%, from 68 to 94 visits per 10,000 population. The visit rate for females also increased 38%, from 26 to 36 visits per 10,000 population. Throughout the study period, the visit rate for males was higher than the visit rate for females.

* Rate per 10,000 population, based on 2-year annual average. Rates were calculated using U.S. Census Bureau 2000-based postcensal noninstitutionalized civilian population estimates.

Defined as any-listed diagnosis codes 291, 303, 305.0, 357.5, 425.5, 535.3, 571.0–571.3, and 790.3, and any-listed cause of injury code E860.0 based on the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, Clinical Modification. Not included are emergency department visits that might be attributed to alcohol use, such as falls, motor vehicle crashes, and other types of injuries/conditions.

From 2001–2002 to 2009–2010, the rate of emergency department visits for alcohol-related diagnoses for males increased 38%, from 68 to 94 visits per 10,000 population. Over the same period, the visit rate for females also increased 38%, from 26 to 36 visits per 10,000 population. Throughout the period, the visit rate for males was higher than the visit rate for females.

Source: CDC. National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/ahcd/ahcd_questionnaires.htm.

Reported by: Anjali Talwalkar, MD, atalwalkar@cdc.gov; Farida Ahmad, MPH.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the rate of emergency department visits for alcohol-related diagnoses, by sex, in the United States from 2001-2002 to 2009-2010. The rate of emergency department visits for alcohol-related diagnoses for males increased 38%, from 68 to 94 visits per 10,000 population. The visit rate for females also increased 38%, from 26 to 36 visits per 10,000 population. Throughout the study period, the visit rate for males was higher than the visit rate for females.


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