Table 1

Descriptive information on people attending all EDs in Ireland over four 6-hour periods

Alcohol Related (AR) n(%)Not Alcohol Related (NAR) n(%)Total n (%)Significance p<0.05
All189 (5.9)3005 (94.1)3194 (100)
Sex
 Male137 (72.5)1491 (49.6)1628 (50.1)p<0.0001
 Female52 (27.5)1439 (47.9)1491 (46.7)
 Missing/unknown0 (0)75 (2.5)75 (2.3)
Age (years)
 <1810 (5.3)796 (26.5)806 (25.2)p<0.0001*
 18–208 (4.2)70 (2.3)78 (2.4)
 21–2943 (22.8)350 (11.6)393 (12.3)
 30–3943 (22.8)350 (11.6)393 (12.3)
 40–4933 (17.5)285 (9.5)318 (10.0)
 50–5926 (13.8)284 (9.5)310 (9.7)
 60–6914 (7.4)271 (9.0)285 (8.9)
 70–799 (4.8)282 (9.4)291 (9.1)
 >791 (0.5)244 (8.1)245 (7.7)
 Missing/unknown2 (1.1)73 (2.4)75 (2.3)
Day/time
 Sunday 00:00–05:59108 (57.1)264 (8.8)372 (11.6)p<0.0001
 Monday 06:00–11:5911 (5.8)903 (30.0)914 (28.6)
 Wednesday 12:00–17:5931 (16.4)1160 (38.6)1191 (37.3)
 Friday 18:00–23:5939 (20.6)678 (22.6)717 (22.4)
Method of arrival
 Ambulance108 (57.1)413 (13.7)521 (16.3)p<0.0001*
 Garda (police)3 (1.6)0 (0)3 (0.1)
 GP referral14 (7.4)948 (31.5)962 (30.1)
 Self-referral63 (33.3)1395 (46.4)1458 (45.6)
 Parental referral0 (0)97 (3.2)97 (3.0)
 Other1 (0.5)67 (2.2)68 (2.1)
 Unknown0 (0)85 (2.8)85 (2.7)
Triage category
 1: Immediate attention5 (2.6)65 (2.2)70 (2.3)
 2: Very urgent treatment43 (22.8)665 (22.9)708 (22.9)
 3: Early full assessment115 (60.8)1494 (51.4)1609 (52.0)
 4: Needs to be seen but can wait25 (13.2)627 (21.6)652 (21.1)
 5: Can be seen elsewhere1 (0.5)45 (1.5)46 (1.5)
 Missing/unknown0 (0)8 (0.3)8 (0.3)
Outcome
 Discharged home/referred
 to GP
82 (43.4)1271 (42.3)1351 (42.4)
 Referred to outpatient clinic20 (10.6)292 (9.7)312 (9.8)
 Left before assessment17 (9.0)108 (3.6)125 (3.9)
 Left against medical advice15 (7.9)14 (0.5)29 (0.9)
 Admitted to hospital33 (17.5)797 (26.5)830 (26.0)
 Referred: Medical Assessment
 Unit
0 (0)15 (0.5)15 (0.5)
 Transfer to other hospital0 (0)9 (0.3)9 (0.3)
 Other12 (6.3)91 (3.0)103 (3.2)
 Unknown9 (4.8)408 (13.6)417 (13.1)
  • *Under 18 compared with all other age groups/Ambulances compared with all other methods of arrival.

  • †Numbers too small to compute significance.

  • EDs, emergency departments; GP, general practitioner.