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J Am Coll Health. 2011;59(5):388-92. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2010.511364.

Alcohol-related emergency department visits associated with collegiate football games.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.



In 2003, after several post-college football game riots, multiple strategies including strict enforcement of open container laws were instituted by the authors' city and university. The authors compared alcohol-related visits to the on-campus emergency department (ED) associated with home football games in 2002 and 2006, hypothesizing that alcohol-related visits should decline.


ED patients during home game weekends.


Retrospective cohort study comparing the 2002 and 2006 home games-similar seasons wherein the team went undefeated. Logistic regression assessed the impact of environmental and patient characteristics on the likelihood of an ED visit being alcohol related.


In total 2,220 visits in 2002 and 2,146 visits in 2006 were reviewed. Alcohol-related visits increased from 2002 (7.9%) to 2006 (9.5%, p = .06). Despite community interventions, the odds of an ED visit being alcohol related increased (odds ratio [OR] 1.3, 95% confidence interval [CI₉₅] 1.06-1.64).


Community measures did not reduce alcohol-related visits to the ED.

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