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.