6 tips to avoid alcohol-related ER visits during the holidays

21/11/2016 2:27:44 PM | 4 comments |
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

Emergency Physician and Emergency Network Regional Medical Director
Dr. Neil Barclay is a practicing emergency physician at Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge Hospitals. He also fills the role as regional medical director for Fraser Health’s 12 Emergency Departments.
helen dixon
Do not drink even one beer or wine or spirit and drive.
have a designated driver or stop over at a hotel.!!!!!
04/01/2017 10:52:53 AM

I do think that having 2 or 3 drinks for most adults is not the problem. The problem is people starting to drink during the day or have 5 - 12 drinks in an evening. I'm European and we all have 2 0r 3 drinks in an evening and are definitely not tipsy or drunk, as we're used to having alcohol in our bodies. I think it's the excessive drinking that causes problems and even death, but having a couple of beers or wine is not what the police should be holding people accountable for. It's an over-reaction.
23/12/2016 5:21:26 PM

Robert Yung
Keep up the good work
20/12/2016 5:36:31 PM

Stats like the ones you just posted on ER visits, traffic/alcohol/boating deaths should be publicized...did not realize they were so high
20/12/2016 3:37:39 PM

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