Alcohol Abuse, Mental Health Causes of Avoidable U.S. ER visits

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A new study found that 3.5 percent of all emergency department visits in the United States were avoidable and for non-life-threatening conditions. The study, published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care, found the top three discharge diagnoses for hospital emergency departments in the United States were alcohol abuse, dental disorders and mood disorders like anxiety or depression. Researchers defined avoidable visits as those where there was no requirement of diagnostic or screening services, procedures or medications, with patients being discharged home. Researchers analyzed data from 424 million emergency department visits by patients age 18 to 64 from 2005 to 2011 and found 6.8 percent of all avoidable visits were due to alcohol abuse or mood disorders. Roughly 3.9 percent of avoidable visits were due to dental disorders of the teeth and jaw. The study found that 16.9 percent of all mood disorder visits were avoidable, 10.4 percent...
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Alcohol & Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week: May 14 - 20

Alcohol & Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week: May 14 - 20
Pregnancy can be a wonderful thing. There is nothing more satisfying than raising your own baby and watch him or her becomes a responsible citizen. But before a baby is even born, there are challenges that might affect it. One of these is drug and alcohol abuse by the expecting mother. It can have negative effects during birth and lead to other bigger problems in life. That is the reason the Alcohol & Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week was set. Drug and Alcohol Abuse We all know that abusing drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on our wellbeing. People have committed suicide, ended up in accidents and committed a whole lot of crimes all because of drugs and alcohol. In addition to this, the cost of using drugs is so very high that it might leave one impoverished. When it comes to pregnant mothers, however, the danger is not...
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NJ Alcohol Rehab Center Weighs in on the Risk of Binge Drinking for College Kids

NJ Alcohol Rehab Center Weighs in on the Risk of Binge Drinking for College Kids
Parties, alcohol, and freedom have long gone hand in hand with college - for as long as teenagers have been leaving mom and dad to begin their educations. It isn't any wonder that college students make up one of the highest ranking demographic groups for alcohol abuse. Estimates reflect that just over 60 percent of college students have used alcohol in the last 30 days, and that as many as two-thirds of those students have taken part in binge drinking in the same period. That is a change from college students' drinking habits from the past. While the use of alcohol has remained constant for the last few decades, instances of binge drinking have increased dramatically over that time frame, and that can carry some serious risks, reports NJ alcohol rehab center Summit Behavioral Health. Binge drinking is defined as imbibing 5 or more consecutive drinks for men, and 4...
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New Report: Reward with Prizes. Cut Alcohol and Tobacco Use

New Report: Reward with Prizes. Cut Alcohol and Tobacco Use
It would seem that offering prizes- - from simple shampoo to DVD players -- can be an effective, low-cost treatment for alcohol abuse, the nation's third leading preventable cause of death, suggests a new report. An article in Science Daily noted that researchers at Washington State University have shown that offering prizes -- from simple shampoo to DVD players -- can be an effective, low-cost treatment for alcohol abuse, the nation's third leading preventable cause of death. A surprise benefit of the treatment was that it decreased study participants' tobacco and drug use. Findings from the study, which appears in the current American Journal of Psychiatry , could expand treatment options for an estimated 15 million U.S. adults who abuse alcohol. The study followed 79 outpatients at a community mental health center in the Seattle area. About half received the 12-week rewards intervention, which offered small prizes for addiction treatment...
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