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Table 4 Demographic and clinical factors associated with various degrees of alcohol consumption for 1,748 patients presenting at ERs for the first time during 6 month study period (OR a; 95% CI)

From: A 6-months assessment of the alcohol-related clinical burden at emergency rooms (ERs) in 11 acute care hospitals of an urban area in Germany

Categories Gender b Duration of stay ER attendance c ER attendance d Trauma f No of attendances Discharge mode g
Clinical degree/signs of alcohol consumption Male (N = 1,313) vs. Female (N = 404) <24 h (N = 600) vs. = 24 h (N = 1,148) Weekends (N = 1,234) vs. Weekdays (N = 479) Outside (N = 867) vs. Regular (N = 820) working timee Yes (N = 263) vs. No (N = 1,383) Multiple (N = 297) vs. Single (N = 1,451) Self-discharge (N = 207) vs. Medical discharge (N = 1,171)
High (N = 531) 2.21 (1.51–3.23) 9.42 (5.65–15.70) 1.73 (1.16–2.59) 8.56 (5.72–12.81) 3.17 (1.72–5.83) 2.62 (1.84–3.73) 1.93 (1.08–3.42)
Middle (N = 796) 1.61 (1.11–2.32) 4.93 (3.29–9.18) 1.39 (0.93–2.09) 6.38 (4.29–9.51) 3.52 (1.92–6.46) 1.94 (1.36–2.78) 1.59 (0.89–2.85)
Low (N = 231) 1.28 (0.84–1.95) 3.04 (1.73–5.35) 1.49 (0.95–2.36) 2.09 (1.33–3.27) 2.39 (1.22–4.71) 1.78 (1.19–2.66) 1.16 (0.57–2.35)
Withdrawal (N = 190) 1.0 (reference) 1.0 (reference) 1.0 (reference) 1.0 (reference) 1.0 (reference) 1.0 (reference) 1.0 (reference)
  1. a separate multinomial regression models calculated for each category showing Odds ratios for the degrees of alcohol consumption, adjusted for age and sex;
  2. b 31 missings; c 34 missings; d52 missings; e regular time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; f 102 missings; g the category "referral to other hospital" was not considered in this analysis; see table 1 for information on missing values about mode of discharge; OR denotes Odds ratio; CI denotes confidence interval;