Alcohol-related deaths in the United Kingdom

ONSThe Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released figures for alcohol-related deaths in the UK, its four constituent countries and regions of England, it does not include county level data. Comparisons are made between 2012, the latest year, and previously published data from 2002 onwards.

ONS recently revised mid-2002 to 2010 population estimates in light of the 2011 Census. Death rates relating to this period have therefore been revised and may differ from previously published figures. In the previous release, ‘Alcohol-related deaths in the United Kingdom, 2011’ UK rates were based on a combination of the 2011 Census population estimates for England and Wales and rolled forward mid-year population estimates (from the 2001 Census) for Scotland and Northern Ireland. These rates have now been re-based on 2011 Census populations for each UK constituent country.

Key Facts:

  • In 2012 there were 8,367 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, 381 fewer than in 2011 (8,748).
  • Males accounted for approximately 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2012.
  • Death rates were highest among men aged 60 to 64 years (42.6 deaths per 100,000 population) and women aged 55 to 59 years (22.2 deaths per 100,000).
  • Of the four UK constituent countries, only in Scotland were male and female death rates in 2012 significantly lower than in 2002.
  • In England and Wales, 63% of all alcohol-related deaths in 2012 were caused by alcoholic liver disease, with 16% of these deaths occurring among those aged 55 to 59 years.
  • In England, alcohol-related death rates were highest among regions in the North and lowest among those in the South throughout the period 2002–2012.
  • In the West Midlands, the male alcohol-related death rate was 16.5 per 100,000 population, for females the rate was 8.4 per 100,000 population.

More details from the ONS Statistical Bulletin can be accessed here.

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