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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Queens Average



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35.8 City-Wide
26.3 Queens


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Alcohol & Drug ER Visit Rate Population (2011-2013)
All 26.3 6,764,406


Female 12.3 3,485,388
Male 35.6 3,279,018


Asian/Pacific Islander 4.6 1,587,224
Black 24.5 1,189,050
Hispanic 18.0 1,873,744
White 28.9 1,834,162


0-14 years 0.3 1,155,634
15-24 years 16.7 881,343
25-34 years 31.1 1,100,476
35-44 years 35.9 981,284
45-54 years 54.7 972,150
55-64 years 43.5 792,087
65-74 years 11.7 469,228
75+ years 1.2 412,203
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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.