Everyone knows that too many adult beverages can lead to a visit to the emergency room. Now for the first time a study has determined which brands of booze are most popular among those ER patients, according to NBC News.
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health surveyed ER patients who’d been drinking, and found that Budweiser was the number one brand consumed, followed by Steel Reserve Malt Liquor, Colt 45 malt liquor, Bud Ice (another malt liquor), Bud Light, and a discount-priced vodka called Barton’s.
Though Budweiser has 9.1 percent of the national beer market, it represented 15 percent of the of the E.R. “market.” The disparity was even more pronounced for Steel Reserve. It has only .8 percent of the market nationally, but accounted for 14.7 percent of the E.R. market. In all, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice, and another malt liquor, King Cobra, account for only 2.4 percent of the U.S. beer market, but accounted for 46 percent of the beer consumed by E.R. patients.
Overall, malt liquor and lower alcohol beer dominated consumption but vodka, gin, brandy and cognac were overrepresented, too.