Alcohol Related Deaths Stand at 10,327 in 2014

Published On: February 15, 2016

Recent Office of National Statistics data reveals the number of alcohol-related deaths in Britain increased during 2014.

This marks the first increase since 2008.

Over 10,000 died in the United Kingdom in 2014 due to alcoholism or an incident where alcohol was involved.

Since 1984, the number of alcohol-related deaths has increased by over 400%.

The British Liver Trust points out that alcohol-related liver disease is the only cause of death that continues to increase each year.

Alcohol-related emergency call-outs

However, the number of alcohol-related deaths is dwarfed by the number of alcohol-related emergencies.

In 2014, there were over 250,00 emergency call-outs related to alcohol abuse.

The vast majority of people involved in the callouts were aged between 45 and 64.

It’s no coincident that this same age group has the highest rate of alcohol-related mortality.

As the below table illustrates, alcohol is linked to many deadly illnesses, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

The nature of ‘alcohol-related’ deaths

The below table is republished from the Office of National Statistics report about. This table details each precise cause of death linked to alcohol abuse:

Cause of deathNumber of deaths
Alcohol-related liver disease8,697
Cancer of Oesophagus26
Cancer of the lip, oral cavity and pharynx51
Haemorraghic stroke74
Liver cancer439
Ischaemic stroke86
Hypertensive diseases87
Ischaemic heart disease627
Transport accident94

What’s the Government doing about these tragedies?

Given the level of the problem, you might reasonably wonder ‘what the Government doing to prevent these tragedies.

To tackle this rise in alcohol deaths, the Government has recently updated its ‘consumption guidelines.’

However, the Government’s response is widely considered a smokescreen for its inaction and avoidance of tougher but more effective measures..

A frustrating increase in deaths despite progress elsewhere

Rising alcohol-related deaths are in spite of data revealing that overall alcohol consumption is down.

For instance, the ONS data above says alcohol consumption per week has fallen each year since 2005.

However, alcohol is cheaper and more readily available in Britain than ever before.

In England, it’s estimated more than 9 million people drink more than the recommended 14 units per week on a regular basis.

How to liver works

The liver works in conjunction with the kidney in order to filter toxins and waste from the blood.

The liver is known for it’s ‘self-repairing’ properties.

However, drinking alcohol over the years does take its toll on the liver.

Why alcohol-related liver disease could affect you

Doctors say the majority of people who suffer from liver disease are not alcoholics.

Instead, the majority of people suffering from alcohol-related liver disease are those that just ‘drink a bit too much.’

Incredibly, more than twenty-five percent of the UK population drink too much, and therefore unknowingly put themselves at risk of alcohol-related liver disease and eventually death.

In fact, alcohol-related liver disease is now the fifth most common cause of death in the UK.

Alcohol-related liver disease is only eclipsed by cancer, heart disease, lung disease and strokes in the number of people the disease kills.

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