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Alcohol deaths double

8th November 2006

09072006_wine1.jpgDeaths caused by alcohol have almost doubled in the UK in the last 15 years, according to new statistics.

The Office of National Statistics has revealed that 2005 saw 8,386 deaths, compared to 4,144 in 1991. Alcohol-related death rates in men were more than double that of women.

In 2005, the male death rate was 17.9 deaths per 100,000 of the population,
compared with 8.3 deaths per 100,000 for females. The biggest rise came in men and women aged 35 to 54 which has doubled since 1991.

The Office for National Statistics diagnoses an alcohol-related death as one caused by diseases or conditions linked to alcohol consumption, such as chronic liver disease or pancreatitis.

The highest rates for men and women were between the ages of 55-74. In 2005, the death rate in this age group was 43.4 per 100,000.

The news has been met with concern from a number of sources, the Government has said it is committed to tackling the problem, while Alcohol Concern said the figures were hardly surprising against a backdrop of rising consumption and binge drinking.

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