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Alcohol-linked ER visits by women and youth on the rise in Ont.

Ontario doctors are seeing a disproportionate spike in alcohol-related hospital emergency room visits by women and young people. Between 2003 and 2016, the rate of alcohol-related ER visits by women rose 86.5 per cent. That's compared to 53.2 per cent for men. When you narrow the focus to women between the ages of 25 and 29, the rate of alcohol-related ER visits spiked by 240 per cent over the study period. An addiction medicine physician at Toronto's Women's College Hospital says the results are consistent with broader trends across the country. Sheryl Spithoff says women are physiologically more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol, so it's unsurprising to see that they're disproportionately suffering health consequences. The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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