Which beer is more likely to land you in the ER?


It’s probably not that surprising that people who drink too much are more likely to end up in an emergency room.

So researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health decided to take a closer look.

A pilot study conducted at the East Baltimore ER on Friday and Saturday nights shows that five beer brands – Budweiser, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice and Bud Light – were consumed in the highest quantities by patients who admitted to imbibing.

Yes, they drank booze too. Vodka, gin and brandy/cognac were over-represented compared to their market share in the national distilled spirits market, the study finds.

“Recent studies reveal that nearly a third of injury visits to Level I trauma centers were alcohol-related and frequently a result of heavy drinking,” said lead study author David Jernigan. “Understanding the relationship between alcohol brands and their connection to injury may help guide policymakers in considering taxation and physical availability of different types of alcohol given the harms associated with them.”

Yikes. They want lawmakers to use the data. Higher taxes. Great.

h/t nyt