Alcohol-related deaths in women at highest rate in ten years

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Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that alcohol-related deaths in women in the UK have reached the highest rate since 2008.  There were 8 deaths per 100,000 women in 2017.  Alcohol-specific death rates were highest among 55-59 year old females and 60-64 year old males.

Scotland continues to have the highest rate of alcohol-specific deaths (20.5 per 100,000 people) but it is the only country to have recorded a significant decrease since 2001.

Northern Ireland has seen a 40% increase in alcohol-specific deaths, the biggest change in death rate since 2001 of any UK country.

Data from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency shows that 303 people died directly from alcohol in 2017 and of these 91 were women, an increase from 61 in 2001.

Details of the ONS figures can be found here: