Alcohol-related admissions to an intensive care unit in Dublin. Academic Article uri icon



  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Ireland
  • Length of Stay

MeSH Major

  • Alcohol-Related Disorders
  • Hospitalization


  • Excessive alcohol consumption is ingrained in Irish society and is known to have significant adverse health consequences, including adverse outcomes for critically ill patients. Previous assessments of alcohol-related intensive care unit (ICU) admissions were felt to have underestimated the scale of this problem. A study was designed to objectively measure alcohol-related ICU workload. We prospectively recorded the number of patients who were admitted to St James's Hospital ICU as a result of alcohol misuse during a 6-month period in 2008. Admission diagnosis, Acute physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation Score 2 (APACHE 2), ICU length of stay and 30-day mortality were recorded. The study group occupied 16.7% of the total available ICU bed-days, experienced longer stays and higher mortality. This study adds to the data available on the scale of alcohol-related problems amongst Irish healthcare system patients. Prioritisation of primary preventative strategies is necessary.

publication date

  • September 2010

has subject area

  • Alcohol-Related Disorders
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Ireland
  • Length of Stay



  • Journal Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11845-010-0498-y

PubMed ID

  • 20509003

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 405

end page

  • 408


  • 179


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