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Characteristics of alcohol-related injuries in adolescents visiting the emergency department

Title
Characteristics of alcohol-related injuries in adolescents visiting the emergency department
Authors
Noh H.Jung K.Y.Park H.S.Cheon Y.J.
Ewha Authors
정구영전영진박혜숙
SCOPUS Author ID
정구영scopus; 전영진scopus; 박혜숙scopus
Issue Date
2011
Journal Title
Journal of Korean Medical Science
ISSN
1011-8934JCR Link
Citation
vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 431 - 437
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
Alcohol is frequently a factor affecting emergency department patients, and alcohol consumption is more common among those who are injured. In Korea, the socioeconomic impact of alcohol has been enormous because of traditional permissive attitudes toward alcohol. Juvenile drinking has increased recently; consequently, an increase in alcoholrelated injuries is likely in this population. Therefore, we compared the characteristics and severity of alcohol-related injuries in adolescents and adults. All injured patients seen at six EDs throughout 2007 were included. We obtained data from the 'Development of a model for an in-depth injury surveillance system based on the emergency department' surveillance. The proportion of adolescents who drank was 5.0%. No significant alcoholrelated difference in injuries was found between male and female adolescents (P = 0.14), whereas in adults, being male was strongly related to alcohol consumption (P < 0.001). Among traffic accidents, motorcycle-related injuries were strongly associated with alcohol use in adolescents (odds ratio [OR] 2.52, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.09-5.83). Results also indicated that alcohol-related injuries in adolescents showed poor outcomes (OR 2.36, 95% CI 1.47-3.81) as compared with those in adults (OR 1.42, 95% CI 1.26-1.59). Preventive strategy on alcohol-related injuries in adolescents should focus on reducing motorcycle accidents. © 2011 The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences.
DOI
10.3346/jkms.2011.26.3.431
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