In February, the Office for National Statistics published a statistical bulletin for alcohol-related deaths registered in the UK in 2015. In 2015, there were 8,758 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, an age-standardised rate of 14.2 deaths per 100,000 population.
For people in the UK, rates of alcohol-related deaths have remained at a similar level in recent years, with no statistical differences in the all person rate since 2012. This time of relative stability follows a decrease in alcohol-related deaths from 2008 to 2012. Before 2008, there was a period of steady increase in alcohol-related deaths from 1994 that peaked in 2008. 65% of alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2015 were among males. For males, in 2015 the alcohol-related death rate was 19.2 per 100,000 compared to 9.7 for females. This pattern is consistent each year from 1994 to 2015.
For both males and females, rates of alcohol-related death were highest in those aged 55 to 64 years in 2015. For males, age-specific rates of alcohol-related death for those aged under 65 years of age have decreased since they peaked in 2008. For males aged 65 and over, alcohol-related death rates have either remained at a similar level or have increased from 2008 to 2015.
For females, since 2008 there has only been a statistically significant decrease in alcohol-related death rates for those aged 50 to 54. For all other age-groups, similar rates have been observed in the period between 2008 and 2015. Scotland continues to have the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths in 2015, but Scotland has also seen the largest decrease in its rates since they peaked in the early 2000s. For males in Scotland the decrease in rates of alcohol related deaths is particularly marked.