|Julius Komjati, 1930 |
|Everyone must do his part...|
Anyone who passed out in a drunken stupor on a city street and awoke to discover this story about San Francisco's burgeoning alcoholism rate
in a nearby Examiner
can label himself a newsmaker.
Per the story -- and this troubling data
-- San Francisco's rate of alcohol-related emergency room visits has popped like a champagne cork. Between 2006 and 2008, 43 hospital visits for every 10,000 city residents were due to overdrinking. Between '09 and '11, however, that tally jumped to 61.
There's no way to spin this as a good thing -- but it's important what manner of bad messages are imparted. First off, a no-brainer: The data reveals that the number of city residents not
visiting the ER in a drunken haze has dropped from 9,957 out of 10,000 to 9,939. So, yes, alcohol-fueled visits have jumped by 42 percent (scary). But the overall rate has only risen from 0.4 percent to 0.6 percent (less so).
The other conclusion is that San Francisco likely isn't housing a greater number of alcoholics than in yesteryear, but, rather, the city's alcoholics are drinking themselves into stupors more aggressively. More »