Binge Drinking in College Runs Up Big ED Tab

From MedPage Today:

The price tag for emergency department visits associated with college campus drinking sprees tops $500,000 a year at large colleges and universities, researchers found.

And more than half of those visits involved heavy-drinking students who had no memory of ‘partying,’ they reported online in Health Affairs.

A review of two years of medical records from students at five universities revealed that more than half of the emergency department visits during that period were due to drinking episodes in which students hadn’t passed out but couldn’t remember what happened, Marlon P. Mundt, PhD, and Larissa I. Zakletskaia, MA, both of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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