Wasted and dangerous: drunks swamp emergency departments and harm medical staff

From the Herald:

While the scourge of ice and other amphetamines has grabbed much of the media’s attention, a recent national survey of 2000 emergency department staff has revealed alcohol as a vastly greater problem: 92 per cent had been physically threatened by drunk patients, 98 per cent had been verbally abused and 88 per cent said the care of other patients had been negatively affected by drunks in the department.

The survey, conducted in December, found one in eight patients nationally had ended up in hospital as a result of harmful alcohol abuse and the college says nearly half of all Australians reported drinking at levels that put them at risk of injury.

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