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Bud Light, Budweiser, Steel Reserve among brands sending most to ER

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Five high-profile, low-cost beer brands are among the most consumed by people who end up going to the emergency room with alcohol-related illness, according to a new study.

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The study, which was undertaken by doctors and experts at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, isolated three brands of beer and two malt liquors that constituted a high proportion of brands that people drank heavily before going to the hospital.

Those brands include Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Ice, Steel Reserve and Colt 45.

"Understanding the relationship between alcohol brands and their connection to injury may help guide policy makers in considering taxation and physical availability of different types of alcohol given the harms associated with them," Dr. David Jernigan, the lead author of the study and the director of the Johns Hopkins Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, said.

The study revealed that four brands - Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice and King Cobra - constituted 46 percent of drinks consumed by people in the study. Those brands, though, only account for just more than 2 percent of total alcohol consumption among Americans.

The study, which was published Aug. 1, can be found in the journal Substance Abuse and Misuse.

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