Health For alcohol-related injuries, home is where the harm is

For alcohol-related injuries, home is where the harm is

People who present to emergency departments with alcohol-related injuries were more likely to have suffered violence at home than at pubs and clubs, according to new research by the University of New England (UNE).

Professor Kim Usher from UNE’s School of Health said the research showed that 36% of alcohol-related injuries happen at home, 13% on the street and just 10% at licensed premises.

“This study shows that the home is a place of danger when drinking. It appears more people especially the young are drinking at home, because it is cheaper than going out,” Professor Usher said.

The study looked at emergency department data from city, regional and rural hospitals in Queensland over a ten-year period to 2012.

Over that period, the number of alcohol-related injuries presented at hospitals soared by 138%.

Women were the most likely to have sustained those injuries in the home, with 59% of cases reported as the result of domestic violence by a partner.

Professor Usher says the report is significant as there have been few studies that have focused on alcohol-related injuries in the home, with most of the previous research focussing on licensed venues.

The report recommends a public health campaign to help address the issue.

You’ll find more about this study ­here. (Story credit: University of New England newsroom)