The Office of National Statistics today released figures showing that alcohol-related deaths in the UK increased in 2010 to 8,790. This figure is higher than 2009, when 8,664 alcohol-related deaths were recorded.

The ONS statistical bulletin showed:

  • In 2010 there were 8,790 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, 126 more than in 2009 (8,664)
  • There are more alcohol-related deaths in males than in females, with 67 per cent of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2010 being male
  • Alcohol-related death rates were highest for those aged 55-74 and lowest for those aged under 35 over the last ten years
  • UK males aged 55-74 years showed a sharp and statistically significant increase in alcohol-related death rate from 41.8 per 100,000 in 2009 to 45.2 per 100,000 in 2010
  • Alcohol-related death rates varied between the regions of England and tended to be highest in the North and lowest in the East of England over the last ten years
  • Within England and Wales, alcohol-related death rates are higher in Wales. In 2010 this difference was statistically significant

To see the full report and data tables, click here.