As many as 1,615 people were rushed to emergency rooms in two Ho Chi Minh City hospitals during the first three days of the Lunar New Year, online newspaper Vietnamnet reported.
According to sources at the Cho Ray Hospital and the 115 People's Hospital, only 600 of the cases admitted to the hospitals between January 22 and 24 were caused by traffic accidents.
Many of the remaining cases were caused by violent fights, they said.
They said consumption of alcohol during the Tet holiday was to blame for most of the fights.
The Cho Ray Hospital said it had recorded 235 brain injury cases during the holiday, of which 18 proved fatal.