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Deaths Due To Alcohol Have doubled In A Decade

Reports have indicated that deaths that were related to drinking have more than doubled in Britain in just over a decade.//

The data that was released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed has revealed that the numbers have risen from 4,144 in 1991 to 8,380 in 2004. The statistics also showed that the alcohol related deaths were of higher rates in men than women and the gap is increasing in recent years.

It was explained that in 2004 the male death rate, which was at 17.7 per 100,000, was twice that for women, with more than two-thirds of the total number of deaths, being in men. It was also mentioned that in 1991, the levels were 9.1 per 100,000 for men, and 5.0 per 100,000 for women.

The statistics have showed that the death rates in men of all ages has increased between 1991 and 2004, with the highest levels seen in those aged 35 to 54. It was seen that in 2004 the middle-aged men had a death rate over three times that for men aged 15-34, which was almost twice the rate for men aged 55-74, and two and a half times the rate for men aged over 75.

The ONS statistics had showed that the figures for women of all ages were consistently lower than those seen in men, and also added that the trends showed a broadly similar pattern in age. It was explained that the figures were based on a new harmonised definition of alcohol-related deaths recently agreed across the UK.


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