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Table 1 Demographics and characteristics of patients (N = 1,748) on first alcohol-related attendance at ERs in this study

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

  Study population N = 1,748
Age groups a %
≤ 20 years 3.3
21 – 44 years 51.9
45 – 59 years 32.5
60 – 64 years 5.9
≥ 65 years 4.4
Missing 1.9
Gender  
Male 75.1
Female 23.1
Missing 1.8
Medical specialties associated with ER  
Internal medicine 46.7
Addiction 25.5
Mixed medical disciplines 15.2
Surgery 6.5
General Psychiatry 5.7
Other 0.4
Mode of discharge  
Regular 67.1
Own request, against medical advice 11.8
Referral to other hospital 3.0
Missing b 18.1 b
  1. a Age of study sample is grouped according to the official statistics of the City Council Dortmund, for the purpose of group comparison in this analysis.
  2. b 65% of these patients stayed less than 24 h in hospital and 58% of these were not referred to inpatient units.