New figures released on February 19, show that alcohol-related Deaths Registered in the United Kingdom in 2012 have fallen slightly.
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).
In Scotland male and female death rates in 2012 were significantly lower than in 2002. The rate of deaths dropped by 37% among Scottish men between 2002 and 2012. In contrast, it rose by around 2% in England and 15% in Wales, while Northern Ireland experienced an 8% fall. The death rate for women in Scotland also fell by 34% over the same period.
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.