Boston’s Brain Drain: The Cost of Being America’s Drunkest City

Posted by on Jan 04, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Boston tops The Daily Beast’s 2011 list of the 25 tipsiest towns in America, moving up from the eighth position last year. The Beast credits its click-ready rankings to a mixture of market research surveys and CDC statistics. I don’t know about the scientific accuracy, but from my perspective in its trenches, ranking Boston the booziest rings true.

You see, I spent 2011 seeing most of the traumatic brain injury cases at two of New England’s busiest rehabilitation hospitals. During the first half of the year, I completed my time in training on the south shore of Boston, and then I moved across town to take charge of my own, similar program at another hospital situated on the north shore. Combined, the two hospitals treat most of the serious head injury cases requiring acute level rehabilitation in the Boston region.

I just completed my own informal survey of my professional experience with Boston’s alcohol problem this year. My methods involved personal reflection for a good ten minutes before sitting down to write this item. A summary of my findings:

Alcohol contributed to the vast majority of traumatic brain injury cases I treated this year.

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