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Alcohol-related mortality rates for UK women on the up

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics [ONS] show an increase in the number of female alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2011.

Although there were 42 fewer alcohol-related deaths overall (8,748 in 2011, down from 8,790 in 2010), the number of UK women dying from alcohol-related causes rose from 2,925 in 2010 to 2,956 in 2011.

The number of female deaths in England contributed to this rise, increasing from 2,230 to 2,272, leading to an increase in the mortality rate from 7.5 to 7.6 women per 100,000 population.

The alcohol-related mortality rate for women in Wales remained significantly above that of their English counterparts over the same period, despite a fall from 10.2 to 9.5 per 100,000 population.

The corresponding rate for UK men in 2011 is down on the previous year, from 17.8 to 17.2 deaths per 100,000, due to an increase in population size. But male alcohol-related mortality remains over twice as high as that of the UK female rate of 8.3.

For the full release and a summary of the key findings, please visit the ONS website.