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Alcohol-related deaths in the United Kingdom

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.

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