Emergency Department Visits Due to Alcohol Intoxication: Characteristics of Patients and Impact on the Emergency Room
Alcohol and Alcoholism , 04/11/2012
Verelst S et al. – Alcohol intoxication leads to a financial burden on the community. In addition to imposing physical, social and psychological stress on the community, the often agitated or aggressive patient imposes stress on emergency department (ED) staff. Close surveillance of trends in alcohol abuse is warranted, and the ED should consider implementing a questionnaire method of screening for alcohol abuse.