The New York Times had a piece on Sunday on the increase in city drinking, its impact on emergency room admissions and the impact on neighborhoods. Here is an excerpt:
In one of the newer ads, a young man, face bruised, his neck in a brace, is being hauled away in an ambulance. “Two drinks ago,” the copy reads, “this wasn’t your ride.” Two drinks ago, one infers, our subject wasn’t drinking a Rhône Valley white.
The campaign arrived amid discomfiting statistics that made it hard to dismiss as hysteria. In 2009, alcohol was responsible for more than 8,840 hospitalizations in New York, a 36 percent increase over 2000. Additionally, the proportion of alcohol-related emergency-room visits among New Yorkers ages 21 to 64 doubled from 2003 to 2009. There were 70,000 such visits just in 2009. More here.