Over 2,000 trauma cases linked to alcohol a year

The most common cause of injury, accounting for almost half of those who ended up in hospital, was falling on level ground.
The most common cause of injury, accounting for almost half of those who ended up in hospital, was falling on level ground.PHOTO: ST FILE

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A study of alcohol-related accidents has shown that they do not spike during the year-end festive period, or during weekends. The recently released results also show that more than 2,000 people end up in public hospital emergency departments each year for alcohol-associated injuries. This means that alcohol-associated injuries make up about 4 per cent of all trauma cases seen at public hospitals.

The study of alcohol-related injuries from 2012 and 2013 said the figure could be under-reported as a large number of the 105,468 trauma patients who went to emergency departments in those two years did not declare if alcohol had been consumed before the incident.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2019, with the headline 'Over 2,000 trauma cases linked to alcohol a year'. Print Edition | Subscribe