New York City Health Atlas

Alcohol and Drug Use ER Visits

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Number of emergency room visits for alcohol or substance use.


Number of ER visits for alcohol or substance use per 1,000 population.


Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) Outpatient Data, 2011-2013.

Years of Data


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35.8 City-Wide

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Alcohol & Drug ER Visit Rate Population (2011-2013)
All 35.8 24,793,148


Female 15.3 12,992,763
Male 47.1 11,800,384


Asian/Pacific Islander 4.1 3,205,606
Black 40.5 5,635,770
Hispanic 21.5 7,117,028
White 21.9 8,198,740


0-14 years 0.3 4,432,550
15-24 years 17.7 3,451,377
25-34 years 33.7 4,281,903
35-44 years 49.6 3,482,038
45-54 years 89.7 3,329,632
55-64 years 64.0 2,751,495
65-74 years 18.3 1,656,906
75+ years 2.3 1,407,246
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Correlation Is Not Causation

In statistics, correlation is a measure of association between two numeric variables. The strength of correlation between two variables is represented by the correlation coefficient, represented by the abbreviation r. Correlation coefficients range between -1 to 1.

Though the correlation coefficient indicates the strength of an association, it does not provide information about whether the change in one variable is caused by the other.

For example, if the correlation between adult smoking prevalence and child poverty is 0.7—a strong correlation—we cannot say either that adult smoking causes child poverty or, inversely, that child poverty causes smoking. We only know that as one of these variables increases, the other tends to increases.