Budweiser, Bud Light Drinkers End Up in the Emergency Room More, Study Shows
It looks like All-American brew might not be so great after all, though to be fair, they aren't the only brands of beer with a habit of landing folks in the emergency room.
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A recently study done at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, found that several malt liquors (not surprisingly) were also popular among the get-drunk-then-get-hurt crowd.
According to the study, published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse, the brands most often implicated in ER visits are Budweiser, Steel Reserve (malt liquor), Colt 45 (malt liquor), Bud Ice (malt liquor), and Bud Light.
If you know anything about drinking beer, it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise that some of the least tasty and cheapest beers are the most likely to lead to trouble. To put it simply, you're not usually sipping Steel Reserve for its well-developed flavor. In fact, according to The Atlantic, Steel Reserve holds just 0.8 percent of the U.S. beer market, but accounts for 14.7 percent of alcohol-inclined ER patients. Budweiser, on the other hand, holds 9.1 percent of the U.S. beer market, though 15 percent of drinkers end up in the emergency room.
It's definitely worth noting, however, that the study used a very limited sample from a single urban Baltimore hospital over a year-long period. The study's lead author, David Jernigan, told the New York Times that he hopes this knowledge can help lead to policy changes -- perhaps a tax based on an alcohol brand's potential to cause danger. The authors have already commissioned a more extensive study that would cover multiple cities.