Will Drinking Beer Land You in the ER?

About a third of injury-related emergency room visits involve alcohol. A recent study shows that certain alcoholic drinks are more likely to be involved than others in these injuries. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore found that Budweiser, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice, and Bud Light were consumed most often by patients who ended up in the emergency room. Three of the named brands are malt liquors, which actually contain more alcohol than a regular beer. Although they account for less than 3% of actual beer consumption in the population, four malt liquors accounted for about half of the beer consumption of emergency room patients. This new study is the first to look at whether certain types of liquor or drink brands are overrepresented in cases of emergency room visits.

Injuries are the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, and about 65% of these injuries are accidental, with alcohol playing a role in a large percentage of these unintentional injuries. People who drink are more likely to engage in risky behavior, be involved in auto accidents, and act impulsively. Previous studies found that this behavior led to emergency room admissions involving auto accidents, accidental drowning, falls, and homicides.

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Driving Under the Influence of Intoxication in Oregon

After she crashed into a motorcyclist early Sunday morning in Clackamas County, Oregon resident Kerrie Farr was arrested on a charge of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxication (DUII). Farr, 52, reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 1.6, which, according to the website of criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis, is 20 times the legal limit. Though Farr was uninjured, the motorcyclist, Timothy Zimmerman, sustained leg injuries and had to be taken to a nearby hospital after the accident. Oftentimes, impaired drivers hurt innocent people and have to live with these consequences.

Farr faces a number of potential severe consequences, including several years of probation, a fine of $1,000-$2,000, and a license suspension of up to one year. Oregon’s DUII laws are harsh in an attempt to lessen the number of alcohol-related crashes that occur each year—those crashes amounted to nearly 35 percent of Oregon traffic deaths in 2011. Although that number is similar to the national average, government officials say it is still far too high.

Oregon, like many other states, has an implied consent law that forces drivers to submit to a urine, breath or blood test if a police officer requests one; refusal results in an immediate license suspension for one to three years. If a driver is convicted of a DUII, the penalties do not stop at fines and license suspension—individuals with a DUII charge must attend weekly sessions about alcohol and drug education, and submit random urine samples during the first several weeks of the DUII Information Program.

After identifying Farr as the party responsible for the crash and arresting her for DUII, officers took her to the Clackamas County jail. In light of the crash, the local Sheriff’s Office called for Oregon residents to be increasingly vigilant in an effort to cut down on drunken driving cases. Everyone should be wary of drunk drivers and should go out of their way to avoid being one.

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