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Release: Alcohol-related Deaths in the United Kingdom, 2013

Released: 11 February 2015


Nina Goodwin

Life Events and Population Sources

Telephone: +44 (0) 1633 451761

Categories: Population, Deaths, Mortality Rates, Alcohol-related Deaths, Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Causes of Death, Alcohol Misuse, Lifestyles and Behaviours, Drug use, Alcohol and Smoking

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

  • In 2013 there were 8,416 alcohol-related deaths registered in the UK, an age standardised rate of 14.0 deaths per 100,000 population. A small increase of 49 deaths compared to 2012 did not change the overall rate.

  • Looking at longer-term trends, the age standardised death rate from alcohol-related causes was the lowest since 2000.

  • 66% of alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2013 were among males.

  • For both sexes, the UK death rates were highest among those aged 60-64 years (45.3 deaths per 100,000 males and 22.4 per 100,000 females).

  • While Scotland had the highest alcohol-related death rate in 2013, it was the only constituent country of the UK with significantly lower rates than 10 years ago.

  • Within England, males in London had a significantly lower rate in 2013 compared with 2004. Rates in other regions for both genders remained relatively stable.

This bulletin presents the latest figures for alcohol-related deaths in the UK, its four constituent countries and regions of England. Comparisons are made between 2013, the latest year, and previously published data from 1994 onwards.

Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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