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01/09/2006

UK - Alcohol Deaths Double

Shocking Government figures released last July revealed that the number of deaths directly linked to alcohol has more than doubled in the UK in the last decade, from 6.9 to 13.0 deaths per 100,000 population (i.e. from 4,144 deaths in 1991, to 8,380 in 2004).

More than two-thirds of these deaths were men and by far the highest rate was in those aged 35-54, which more than doubled from 16.9 to 38.3 per 100,000. These figures suggest that binge-drinking youngsters in their 20s are lining themselves up for a slow death by chronic liver disease in later life.

Furthermore, officials from the Office for National Statistics admit that the true death toll could be far higher as these figures include only cases where alcohol is named on the death certificate as the underlying cause of death, and ignores those where alcohol is mentioned as a complicating factor.
Also excluded are many thousands of deaths from various diseases for which alcohol is thought to be a cause, such as cancers of the mouth and liver, and also those from drink-drive road crashes, suicides and homicides.