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Letter to editor: Best estimations of the effects of alcohol on emergency department attendance
  1. Matthew Welch1,
  2. Hunniya Waseem2,
  3. Andy Catton3,
  4. Jon Barratt4
  1. 1University of Oxford, Pembroke College, Oxford, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, West Suffolk Foundation Trust Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK
  3. 3Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK
  4. 4Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Matthew Welch, University of Oxford, Pembroke College, St Aldate's Church, Oxford OX1 1DW, UK; matthew.welch{at}

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We thank Parkinson and colleagues for their recent interesting study1 which found that alcohol-related attendance at their ED to be 12%–15% with marked variation in attendance by time and demographics.

We performed a similar retrospective study looking at a calendar year's worth of data (2013) from Poole Hospital Foundation Trust's ED. Collating …

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