Alcohol deaths on the increase

Friday 29th January, 2010

Latest figures have revealed that the number of people dying from alcohol-related deaths is on the rise despite high-profile campaigns.

Death from alcohol have more than doubled from 4,023 in 1992 to 9,031 in 2008. In one year (2007), figures increased by 3.5 per cent.

Men are twice as likely to die from alcohol with male deaths more than doubling since 1991. Other statistics released show that one in five men aged 65 and over drink every day compared with 1 per cent of 16-24 year-olds.

Only 39 per cent of men drink the daily recommended limit of three to four units while for women only 31 per cent drink their daily limit of two to three units.

The majority of people drank the heaviest when at home (46 per cent of men and 57 per cent of women) and bought their alcohol in supermarkets (72 per cent).

Another survey found that people in white collar jobs drink more than those in manual work (13.8 units per week compared with 10.6).

Chris Sorek of charity Drinkaware, which is funded by the alcohol industry, was shocked by these latest figures.

“It’s shocking to discover that alcohol-related deaths are again on the increase, and it’s vital now, more than ever, that we act to reduce the harms caused by drinking too much,” he said.

“With more and more people dying from alcohol misuse it’s essential we change people’s relationship with drinking, and education has a key role to play.

“Male alcohol-related deaths have more than doubled in the last 17 years, but women also need to vigilant.

“Regularly exceeding the daily unit guidelines can increase everyone’s chances of developing liver damage, heart disease and some cancers.”

The figures come as the Government launch another health campaign about the dangers of excessive alcohol drinking.



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