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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Small rise in alcohol-related deaths in 2010

A slight rise in alcohol-related deaths has been reported for 2010, according to the ONS (bulletin here). Figures show a rise of 126 to 8,790 from 8,664 in 2009. Last year a slight fall was reported, though Alcohol Concern Chief Executive Don Shenker attributed the drop to a fall in consumption triggered by the recession. See BBC and Press Association reports.

Key points from the bulletin include:

  • In 2010 there were 8,790 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, 126 more than in 2009 (8,664)
  • There are more alcohol-related deaths in males than in females, with 67 per cent of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2010 being male
  • Alcohol-related death rates were highest for those aged 55-74 and lowest for those aged under 35 over the last ten years
  • UK males aged 55-74 years showed a sharp and statistically signficant increase in alcohol-related death rate from 41.8 per 100,000 in 2009 to 45.2 per 100,000 in 2010
  • Alcohol-related death rates varied between the regions of England and tended to be highest in the North and lowest in the East of England over the last ten years

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