Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures published in February 2016 reveal that alcohol-related deaths have increased in the UK during 2014 for the first time since 2008.
‘Alcohol-related deaths’ include death caused by cirrhosis of the liver, chronic hepatitis and alcohol-related liver disease.
The ONS report reveals there were 8,697 registered alcohol-related deaths in 2014.
This represents 14.3 deaths per 100,000 people.
Over 65% of these deaths were male.
Perhaps more alarming is the risk of dying from alcohol abuse is linked to where you live.
Broadly, Scotland had the greatest number of alcohol-related deaths in 2014.
Scotland was followed by the north of England. People living in the North were ‘significantly’ more likely to die from alcoholism compared to people living in the south. This was true for both males and females.
The ONS report says there were 25.5 male deaths per 100,000 in the North West and North East, compared to only 13.3 male deaths per 100,000 in the South East.
Females living in the north were also more at risk of dying from alcoholism compare to females living in the south.
The ONS report says there were only 6.8 female deaths per 100,000 in the South East in 2015.
In contrast, there were 15.1 female deaths per 100,000 in the North East.
Therefore, women living in the north were more than twice as likely to die from alcoholism compared to their peers living in the south of the England during 2014.
Age was also a factor. The highest mortality rate for alcohol-related deaths were amongst 55 to 64-year-olds.
A crisis in Yorkshire and the Humber
Over the last two decades, Yorkshire and The Humber has seen the greatest increase in alcohol-related deaths.
For instance, in 1994, there were 7.9 male deaths per 100,000 in Yorkshire and The Humber. This has risen to 18.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2014.
This represents a 135 per cent increase in just twenty years.
The below reveals rates of alcohol-related deaths for males by region in England for 2014:
Above: The North West of England experienced the greatest number of alcohol-related deaths, followed by the North East.
The below reveals rates of alcohol-related deaths for females by region in England for 2014:
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