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Scotland - Alcohol deaths down but levels remain high

The General Register Office (GRO) has published alcohol-related death statistics along with figures on other causes of premature death. The number of alcohol related deaths has also dropped significantly to 1080 people in 2012 (compared to 1,247 in 2011) This is the lowest number of deaths where alcohol was an underlying cause since 1997. The figures, released by the General Register Office for Scotland, show that the 1,080 deaths in 2012 consisted of 741 men and 339 women. There were 145 alcohol-related deaths of people who were 30- 44. 420 people aged 45-59 and 394 deaths of 60-74 year olds. Scottish health minister Alex Neil said: “We are looking to take bold measures to address alcohol misuse in Scotland.What all these figures show is that by encouraging people to live healthier lives, eat better, be more active, stop smoking and drink sensibly, it can have a positive impact on their health and leads to a longer life.”


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