Number Of Men Dying From Alcohol On The Up
26 January 2012, 14:29
The number of men dying because of alcohol's gone up,with the death rate in the North East standing at 22.6 per 100,000.
New stats show deaths among women have fallen.
Overall, more people in the UK died from alcohol-related causes in 2010 than in 2009 - a rise of 126 to 8,790 from 8,664.
Among men, the number of deaths rose 175 from 5,690 in 2009 to 5,865 in 2010. The number among women fell 49 from 2,974 to 2,925.
Men accounted for 67% of all the UK deaths.
Alcohol-related death rates over the last decade were highest for those aged 55 to 74 and lowest for those aged under 35, according to the data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Death rates were 22.6 per 100,000 population in the North East, 21.3 per 100,000 in the North West and 18.9 per 100,000 in Wales. They were lowest in the East of England.
Alcohol-related deaths accounted for almost 1.5% of all deaths in England and Wales in 2010.
Public health minister Anne Milton said:
"The ONS has highlighted the rise in the total number of men dying from alcohol-related causes in the last year. We will set out a new approach to tackling alcohol harm shortly in our alcohol strategy for England.
As part of that, we will be giving local councils the power and the budget to help them tackle the huge variations we see in levels of harm in different regions of England.
Before that, next month, we are launching new Change4Life adverts which, for the first time, will help people realise the damage drinking too much can do to our health."