Former Major League Baseball manager and notorious talker, Casey Stengel, once said, "Old timers, weekends, and airplane landings are alike. If you can walk away from them, they're successful."
A fair few people, it turns out, are not having successful weekends.
Nearly three-quarters of weekend emergency room visits are tied to drinking too much alcohol, according to a new analysis at a large city hospital in England. And people who didn't live in the city were significantly more likely to be intoxicated than city dwellers, suggesting that weekend visitors partied harder than locals.
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In news that didn't come as a surprise, college-aged young men made up the lion's share of alcohol-related weekend cases. The most common presenting problems were traumatic injuries and mental health issues.
Based on the data, the researchers estimated that alcohol-related ER visits add up to a bill of 1 million pounds, or $1.5 million U.S. dollars, each year.
"Although older people may cost more per patient, younger people as a group are more costly to the NHS [England's National Health Service] because they have more alcohol related attendances," write the researchers.
In the United States, the National Institutes for Health estimates that one-third of all trips to the ER are related to alcohol. But because the agency only tracks alcohol-specific incidents in those under age 21 - for adults, they record alcohol-related visits only when the person has combined liquor with other drugs - they estimate that the actual number is much higher.
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If you still want to tie one on without landing in the hospital this weekend, avoid vodka. Vodka drinkers were far more likely to land in the ER given the drink's market share than other imbibers, according to a U.S.-based small study.
Same goes for these brands of beer: Bud Ice, Bud Light, Budweiser, Steel Reserve and Colt 45.