During the dark days of winter and over the holidays we see a large number of late-night and weekend patients in the emergency with alcohol related injuries.
Such injuries not only pose a human cost of pain and suffering, but they carry a financial burden for the health care system. We know injury is a $1 billion problem annually in BC. And alcohol is associated with a significant proportion of these injuries. Many of these injuries are preventable, so it makes a lot of sense for a broad range of stakeholders - including Fraser Health - to invest in reducing this problem and keeping people out of our health care facilities.
While alcohol related injuries and subsequent visits to an emergency department for treatment do not discriminate against age, sex or race, men aged 25 to 55 represent the highest percentage of emergency room visits.
As adults, the choice to consume alcohol, or not, is personal. If you choose to have the occasional drink or two at a social occasion, it makes sense to drink responsibly and to avoid an unintentional visit to the emergency.
6 tips to avoid alcohol-related ER visits
Plan ahead for a safe ride home if you plan to drink
Never drink and drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Don’t mix alcohol with drugs or prescription medications
Be drug smart and avoid overdose
Steer clear of alcohol until after recreation or home and yard activities
Seniors: reduce your risk of trips and falls by having regular medication reviews and vision checks