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
35.7 Manhattan


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Alcohol & Drug ER Visit Rate Population (2011-2013)
All 35.7 4,813,828


Female 15.1 2,546,750
Male 45.7 2,267,079


Asian/Pacific Islander 2.9 539,848
Black 54.3 622,276
Hispanic 31.1 1,232,866
White 14.1 2,293,407


0-14 years 0.4 600,090
15-24 years 17.5 621,318
25-34 years 24.2 1,063,630
35-44 years 45.4 711,258
45-54 years 92.7 612,636
55-64 years 69.7 544,184
65-74 years 20.0 358,100
75+ years 2.8 302,613
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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.