9,641 people died of alcohol-specific causes in the UK in 2021, a rise of 7.4% on 2020 figures and 27.4% on 2019, pre-pandemic.
Dr Katherine Severi, Chief Executive of IAS responded:
“This 7.4% rise in alcohol-specific deaths is extremely concerning after the record number of deaths reported in 2020. Action must be taken to curb this intolerable trend, which disproportionately affects the less well-off in society.
“Evidence from home and abroad shows fiscal measures are the most effective tools to tackle alcohol harm and reduce inequalities. The UK government has committed to reforming alcohol duty to better protect public health and today’s data add urgency to these plans.
“Despite opposition from commercial interests, we can’t afford to delay or dilute policies that help save lives.”