Binge-drinking in Ontario

More young people in Ontario — especially young women — are ending up in hospital emergency departments because of excessive alcohol use (binge-drinking), according to a new study from scientists in Ottawa.

The research, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday, looked at a total of 765,354 emergency room visits in Ontario due to alcohol use between 2003 and 2016.

Researchers found that emergency department visits due to alcohol increased 86 per cent for women and 53 per cent for men.

“It’s eye-opening,” said Dr. Peter Tanuseputro, a family doctor and scientist at the Ottawa Hospital and the Bruyère Research Institute. (Read more…)