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SF EDs prepare for busy New Year's Eve

San Francisco Chronicle, December 30, 2011

Bay Area doctors and emergency workers are bracing for what's likely to be the busiest weekend of the year. New Year's Eve is typically loaded with alcohol-fueled deaths and injuries, and the coming celebration will probably be worse than most years because it falls on a Saturday, giving revelers a full day of partying and, presumably, a full day of recovery. Last year, San Francisco emergency rooms saw a roughly 50% increase in New Year's patients from the previous year, according to estimates from local hospitals.