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Release: Alcohol-related deaths in the United Kingdom, registered in 2012

Released: 19 February 2014


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

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

  • In 2012 there were 8,367 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, 381 fewer than in 2011 (8,748).

  • Males accounted for approximately 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2012.

  • Death rates were highest among men aged 60 to 64 years (42.6 deaths per 100,000 population) and women aged 55 to 59 years (22.2 deaths per 100,000).

  • Of the four UK constituent countries, only in Scotland were male and female death rates in 2012 significantly lower than in 2002.

  • In England and Wales, 63% of all alcohol-related deaths in 2012 were caused by alcoholic liver disease, with 16% of these deaths occurring among those aged 55 to 59 years.

  • In England, alcohol-related death rates were highest among regions in the North and lowest among those in the South throughout the period 2002–2012.

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 2012, the latest year, and previously published data from 1991 onwards.

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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