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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Brooklyn Average



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35.8 City-Wide
48.7 Brooklyn


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Alcohol & Drug ER Visit Rate Population (2011-2013)
All 48.7 7,615,257


Female 18.7 4,014,550
Male 63.6 3,600,706


Asian/Pacific Islander 3.8 822,686
Black 53.0 2,429,632
Hispanic 25.3 1,506,408
White 25.6 2,720,980


0-14 years 0.3 1,501,488
15-24 years 20.4 1,076,092
25-34 years 41.2 1,318,324
35-44 years 68.1 1,041,472
45-54 years 139.5 970,616
55-64 years 90.8 821,450
65-74 years 25.6 476,382
75+ years 2.9 409,432
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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.