Deaths due to heavy drinking has doubled in 15 years…

by Gayatri on  November 8, 2006 at 2:36 PM Lifestyle News
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Deaths due to heavy drinking has doubled in 15 years…
According to a government data, the number of deaths due to alcoholism has raised twofold in the last15years.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the number of deaths due to alcohol was 4,144 in the year 1991 and it has risen to 8,386 by last year.

According to the experts, the lower price and easy accessibility are responsible for the increase in alcohol consumption. Premature deaths are mainly caused by binge drinking culture among the teens, which has risen significantly in the last 20 years.

The rise in deaths due to alcohol consumption was highest in people of the age-group 35-54 years. The risk of deaths due disorders associated with drinking like chronic liver disease or pancreatitis, is 2 times higher in men than in women.

According to the ONS data that doesn't include deaths due to cancer, violence or accidents linked to drinking, the number alcohol deaths is 165 more in 2005 than in 2004.

Frank Soodeen, a spokesman for Alcohol Concern, said: "Tragic as they are, these figures are conservative and hardly come as a surprise. "Rising consumption and alcohol-related mortality have been linked as far back as 1950. Binge drinkers should take particular note of the rise in the number of people aged between 35 and 54 who are now dying because of heavy drinking in earlier life."

"Adjusting for inflation and other economic factors, alcoholic drinks are estimated to be 54 per cent cheaper on average than they were in 1980. Last year the licensing laws in England and Wales for selling alcohol were also relaxed, allowing bars and clubs to stay open for longer, " Mr Soodeen said.

"Given that 16 to 24-year-olds are now among the heaviest consumers of alcohol in Britain, these figures paint a bleak picture for their future health. Drinkers need to realise that alcohol misuse is implicated in a range of fatal diseases, from cancer to severe psychosis, which can strike at relatively young ages."

The NHS data revealed that admission to hospital for alcoholic liver disease has reached record level of 35,400 in 2004-2005. The number of deaths due to the same condition has risen by 37% in the past decade. The alcoholic poisoning admissions has risen from 13,600 to 21,700 during the same period.

Chris Cook, an addiction expert based at Durham University, said, "Death rates are linked to the increase in consumption, which needs to be addressed with more stringent measures, such as alcohol taxes, to control drinking. "

The Department of Health said: "We are concerned about the number of alcohol-related deaths and are committed to tackling this problem. We are currently introducing measures set out in the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England, which will help reduce alcohol related deaths."

Source: Medindia

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