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Record year for alcohol deaths highlights crisis of harm

Record year for alcohol deaths highlights crisis of harm

 

Record year for alcohol deaths highlights crisis of harm

Balance is calling on the Government to halt a crisis of alcohol harm as new figures showed alcohol related deaths in England hit a record high during 2020 amid the pandemic, with the worst rates in the country in the North East.

An Office for National Statistics report has revealed there were 7,423 deaths linked to drinking last year, which was a fifth more than in 2019 and the highest number since records began in 2001.

In the North East death rates from alcohol rose from 16.6 per 100,000 people in 2019 to 20.0 per 100,000 people in 2020 – a rise of around 20.5%.

Alcohol specific deaths rose quickly from April 2020 as the pandemic resulted in the first national lockdown. Most deaths were related to long-term drinking problems and dependency – with alcoholic liver disease making up 80 per cent of cases. Men living in the most deprived areas were four times more likely to die from alcohol than men living in the most affluent areas.

Sue Taylor, Acting Head of Alcohol Policy for Balance, said:
“We need urgent action now from the Government to halt this tsunami of alcohol harm, which started long before the pandemic but which has worsened in the last 12 months."

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