Alcohol-related trips to the emergency room have increased, with more than 60% more people going to the ER due to drinking in 2014 than in 2006. Part of that increase was driven by women; the number of times they ended up in the ER because of drinking went up yearly. Men are still responsible for higher rates of binge drinking, drunk driving, and death caused by alcohol-induced liver damage, but women are catching up.
Despite the rise in ER visits, the amount of alcohol consumption has increased only a little. One theory about the boost in ER visits is that it’s possible more people are binge drinking, which has been linked to a range of dangers. In addition, excessive drinking costs an estimated $249 billion a year, according to a 2010 study.