Rise of young fe­male drinkers ad­mit­ted to A&E


On a busy week­end night, in­tox­i­cated young women make up nearly a quar­ter of pa­tients at the coun­try’s largest ac­ci­dent and emer­gency depart­ment.

Auck­land City Hospi­tal’s own re­search cor­re­lated with Massey Univer­sity re­search that showed a new at-risk group of young fe­male drinkers had emerged, clin­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Anil Nair said.

The hospi­tal’s A&E saw up to 60 pa­tients per night ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day.

‘‘Under 25-year-olds, that was the only group we had more fe­males come through than males, more than any other age group.’’

From April to July 2015, roughly a third of the 650 pa­tients sur­veyed showed up in­tox­i­cated, suf­fer­ing from ‘‘al­co­hol-re­lated harm’’. Forty-eight per cent of the in­tox­i­cated women were under 24 years old. Most in­tox­i­cated pa­tients showed up be­tween 1am to 2am on Satur­day and 3am to 4am on Sun­day, Nair said.

‘‘The ma­jor­ity of them have al­co­hol in­tox­i­ca­tion and injuries from as­saults or self-harm in com­bi­na­tion with al­co­hol’’.

Massey Univer­sity’s re­search showed a ‘‘small and very ex­treme group’’ of young fe­male drinkers who pur­chased RTDs from off-li­cences.

They were found to drink, on av­er­age, nearly 24 litres per year, out­pac­ing the heav­i­est drink­ing male clus­ter.


Dr Anil Nair says most pa­tients show up at the A&E depart­ment be­tween 1am and 2am on Satur­day and 3am to 4am on Sun­day.

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