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Bar staff alcohol-related deaths

23rd August 2007

Information released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that bar workers have the greatest risk of dying from alcohol-related problems.

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The data shows the number of deaths due to alcohol has doubled since 1991 in England and Wales. In 2006, the ONS said deaths had risen to 8,000 from just over 4,000 in 1991.

The information reveals that bar workers have double the risk of death from liver disease or pancreatitis.

The study examined 13,011 male deaths - from ages 20 to 64 - and 3,655 female deaths.

Male bar workers had 2.23 times the risk of an alcohol-related death than the average and female workers had 2.03 times the risk.

Women who worked with children - including educational assistants and childminders - ran the lowest risk of death from alcohol. The clergy, IT managers and farmers were the professions which had the lowest risk for men.

Professor Martin Plant, an alcohol addiction expert from the University of the West of England, said: "What is important is whether the occupation has a drinking culture, the availability of alcohol and the toleration of drinking at work.

"That is why you find the entertainment and catering industries featuring heavily."

He mentioned that doctors used to demonstrate a high risk, but that had fallen recently. He attributed the decline in alcohol-related deaths to the increasing numbers of women in the profession, which had, he said, "a civilising effect."

 


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Article Information

Title: Bar staff alcohol-related deaths
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3872
Date Added: 23rd Aug 2007

Sources

BBC News

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