Alcohol still responsible for most ambulance call-outs

Alcohol remains the most common cause of ambulance call-outs in metropolitan Melbourne, with worrying new trends for pharmaceutical drugs.

Despite a 10 per cent decrease from 2008-09, when there were 6924 alcohol-related attendances, Victorian ambulances answered 6204 incidents in which patients were acutely affected by alcohol in 2009-10.

When compared with the previous year’s data, patients in this study were more likely to be female – and they were younger.

Read more at Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre