Maybe Budweiser’s famed Clydesdale horses should consider pulling an ambulance?
According to a study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Budweiser is the No. 1 beverage behind alcohol-related emergency room visits.
That shouldn’t be too surprising — Budweiser is the No. 2 selling beer in America, behind only Bud Light, which ranks 5th on the “this is gonna need stitches” list.
But the following stat is shocking: “Nearly a third of injury visits to Level I trauma centers were alcohol-related and frequently a result of heavy drinking.”
That’s a lot of medical care someone is having to pay for, and I bet it’s not the alcohol industry.
Don’t get me wrong. I like beer so much I make large vats of it for personal consumption. Thanks again Jimmy Carter! Thankfully, I don’t go to the hospital after sipping a few ordinary bitters.
Budweiser, being the highly successful company it is, produces three of the top five beers that contributed to emergency room visits, according to the study.
The Top 5 brands were Budweiser, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice and Bud Light.
The study was conducted at the Johns Hopkins Hospital emergency room in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday and Saturday nights in 2010 and 2011. The majority of patients were men and African-American because of the “demographics of the area,” the study says.
The four most common malt liquors, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice and King Cobra, made up 46 percent of the brands consumed by patients, but the four brands only account for 2.4 percent of national sales.
Researchers said about 15 percent of those seeking treatment in the emergency room admitted to drinking.
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