From the Times Ledger:
Residents of northern Queens, put down that beer! You might have an alcohol problem, according to a new study released by the city.
Neighborhoods such as Corona, Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, Flushing and, of course, bar-laden Bayside have some of the highest rates of alcohol-related emergency room visits in all the five boroughs.
The report, released by the city Department of Health Monday, detailed alarming increases in drunken injuries for the 42 percent of all New Yorkers who consume alcohol. Since 2003, citywide drunken emergency room visits tripled for legal drinkers and quadrupled for underage drinkers.
And specifically for northern Queens, increasing numbers of drinkers — both legal and underage — have been hospitalized with ailments such as liver damage, car accidents and injuries incurred from falling or fighting while imbibing, the report found.
In total, 1.5 percent of emergency room visits were alcohol-related for underage residents and 4 percent for 21-to-64-year-olds in 2009 — numbers that are alarming both residents and officials.