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Hospitalization for underage drinkers in the United States.

Abstract

PURPOSE
Underage drinking is common in the United States. This article presents nationally representative data on hospitalizations for alcohol use disorder (AUD) in youth.
METHODS
Using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database, discharge records of individuals between 15 and 20 years diagnosed with AUD were identified. Incidence rates of these hospitalizations were calculated based on population estimates from the US Census Bureau.
RESULTS
In 2008, there were 699,506 nonobstetric discharges in 15- to 20-year-olds, of which 39,619 (5.6%) had an AUD diagnosis with or without an injury diagnosis. The overall annual incidence of AUD hospitalization was 18.3 per 10,000 boys and 12.3 per 10,000 girls. Native American boys in the Midwest had the highest incidence (101 per 10,000), and Asian/Pacific Islander girls in the South had the lowest (2 per 10,000). The estimated total charges for these hospitalizations were $755 million in 2008.
CONCLUSIONS
Hospitalization care for underage drinking is common, especially in certain race and in certain geographic regions and is associated with a substantial health care expenditure.

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  • Authors

    Kim JY, Asrani SK, Shah ND, Kim WR, Schneekloth TD

    Institution

    Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.

    Source

    The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine 50:6 2012 Jun pg 648-50

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Alcohol-Related Disorders
    Alcoholism
    Cross-Sectional Studies
    Ethnic Groups
    Female
    Follow-Up Studies
    Hospitalization
    Humans
    Incidence
    Male
    Treatment Outcome
    United States
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22626495