What day sees the most emergency room visits from teenagers ? Not St. Patrick’s Day, not graduation day, and not even my birthday, the Fourth of July. Hospital emergency rooms nationwide get more visits from teenagers on New Year’s Day than any other day of the year. And the common thread: ALCOHOL. The emergency room doctors and nurses see the results of: drunk driving crashes, acute intoxication and booze-related mishaps.
According to a new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, emergency department visits because of underage drinking are more than 250 percent higher on New Year’s Day than on average days. Last year, 1,980 underage drinkers were sent to the hospital on the first day of the year, compared to 546 such visits on an average day. According to news reports, the New Year’s Day figures were higher than any other holiday period during the year. For instance there were 676 underage drinking visits on Memorial Day weekend and 942 on Fourth of July weekend, according to the report. If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of an accident or wreck caused by an underage driver, get medical help at once. Then, after the victim is stabilized, get experienced legal help, as there are strict legal time limits with regard to minors and underage drunk drivers.