More College-Age Women Than Men Treated For Drunkenness

Monday, December 10, 2012

Growing numbers of college-age women in Amherst are requiring medical attention for consuming too much alcohol, paramedics say.

So far this fall, on the three college campuses in town, there have been 43 women and 32 men brought to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton in intoxicated states, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson.

“Just in the time I’ve been here, I’ve seen an increase in the number of females we transport (to the hospital) as a result of alcohol,” said Nelson, who came to town in 2010. “It seems like a disproportionate number of young females we’re picking up.”

Nelson said he department began tracking these calls by gender in the fall of 2011, when evidence suggested that the ambulance personnel were seeing more young women. These included both those who needed hospital attention as well as others who could be treated for their impairments at the scene by ambulance crews or given a safe place to recover.

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