Fewer adults dying from conditions directly caused by alcohol

March 10, 2016   //   No Comments

New figures from Public Health England show fewer adults are dying from alcohol-specific conditions, such as alcoholic liver disease and alcohol poisonings.  The latest update to the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) data tool shows that nationally, alcohol-specific deaths fell by 3% to 17,755 deaths. Alcohol-related deaths have seen a slight increase, year on year, from an estimated 22,330 in 2012 to 22,976 in 2014. Alcohol-related deaths include conditions that are partially related to alcohol, such as heart disease and certain cancers.

A 3% decrease in alcohol-specific deaths is promising, however, a lot of the ill health associated with alcohol, such as heart disease and cancer, is among people who are not dependent, but who drink frequently and are unaware of the risks. In both alcohol-specific and alcohol-related death rates, the rate for men is almost double that of women.  You may read the full report by Public Health England here.