Dec 21, 2017

Hospital emergency departments being swamped by drunk revellers across the nation

EMERGENCY departments are being swamped by drunk revellers, with Australian’s love of “celebrating everything” to blame.

A snapshot of the nation’s hospitals at 2am on Saturday revealed 1 in 8 emergency department patients were there because of booze.

And in NSW the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine survey found that about 1 in 10 patients were in emergency because of alcohol.

Lead researcher Professor Drew Richardson said the survey of 152 emergency departments across the nation revealed alcohol was to blame for 17 per cent of patients waiting to be seen, 13 per cent being treated and almost 10 per cent of short-stay unit patients.

This included those too drunk to go home and others suffering injuries because of alcohol-related violence.

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