The Office for National Statistics has released a provisional estimate of the number of alcoholrelated deaths in the UK in 2014. According to the figures there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths, an age-standardised rate of 14.3 deaths per 100,000 population. Of these, 65% of the deaths were among males and 35% were among females with rates of 19.4 deaths per 100,000 males and 9.6 per 100,000 females. In 2014, Scotland had the highest agestandardised alcohol-related death rate for males at 31.2 deaths per 100,000. This rate is significantly higher than those of any other constituent country of the UK. Rates in Northern Ireland were 20.3, in Wales 19.9, and in England, 18.1 per 100,000 males. Scotland also had the highest alcohol-related death rate for females at 13.3 deaths per 100,000, compared to 10.4 in Wales, 9.1 in England and 8.5 in Northern Ireland. In 2014, age-specific rates for men were highest among those aged 60 to 64 years (47.6 deaths per 100,000 men) and lowest among 25 to 29-year-olds (1.8 per 100,000). Since 2005, year on year decreases were seen in all age groups up to the 60-64 category (with the exception of the 45-49 age group that increased by 0.9 per 100,000 deaths between 2013 and 2014).
In 2014, age-specific rates for women were highest among 55 to 59-year-olds (22.1 per 100,000) and lowest among 25 to 29-year-olds (1.1 per 100,000). Compared to the previous year, the age specific rates increased slightly in all age categories with the exception of 50-54, 60-64 and those over 80.