Emergency room visits for alcohol-related injuries and illness soar on New Year’s Day each year
Dec. 30, 2016 – With New Year’s Eve a day away, the Health Department reminds New Yorkers to take care of themselves and others on this festive holiday. Alcohol-related emergency department visits more than double on New Year’s Day compared to other days of the year, according to an ongoing analysis by the Health Department. Peak hours of arrival at the emergency department for alcohol-related visits are between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. This pattern is consistent across several years of data.
“Every year on New Year’s Day, the number of alcohol-related emergency department visits in New York City more than doubles,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “We want New Yorkers to ring in 2017 with friends and family, not in the emergency room. Be sure to drink in moderation and space out your drinks during your New Year’s celebration.”
The Health Department offers the following tips for holiday revelers:
Health risks increase at the following levels:
For women and people 65 and older:
What counts as one drink?
Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried of Manhattan, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, said, “New York’s New Year’s Eve celebration is the greatest in the world, but nobody should start 2017 by binge drinking and ending up in an emergency room or behind the driver’s wheel.”
“As Americans, we have long associated New Year’s Eve with a cocktail glass. Celebrating with friends and family can be fun, but visiting an emergency room due to overconsumption of alcohol is no way to spend the holiday. Thanks to the New York City Department of Health for timely ‘words to the wise’ on how to celebrate prudently. This is helpful advice for all of us as we turn the page on the calendar for 2016,” said Council Member Andrew Cohen, Chair of the Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services.
If you or someone you know finds that drinking interferes with your daily life, contact NYC Well for free and confidential support and resources. Call 1-888-NYC-WELL, text WELL to 65173, or chat online by going to nyc.gov/nycwell.
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* NOTE pertaining to the figure above: Data from syndromic surveillance were used for this analysis. Syndromic surveillance includes data from 54 emergency departments (ED) in New York City.
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