Alcohol deaths in women rise

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Figures published this month show that the north east has the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths in England for women.

Results from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) indicate that there were 8,697 such deaths in the UK in 2014, the second year running that the numbers have increased.

While male rates of death remain significantly higher, the new figures show that more women in the north east suffered an alcohol-related death in 2014 than in any previous year in the ONS data, with three times the number of women dying from alcohol-related causes than compared to 20 years ago, an equivalent increase of 175 per cent in the female death rate.

Alcohol-related deaths for women in the north east stand at 15.1 deaths per 100,000, compared to a national average of 9.1 deaths, meaning the region’s rate is 66 per cent higher.

Many of those deaths occur in working age women. Nationally, 56 per cent of women who die from alcohol-related causes are below the age of 60.

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, said: “Alcohol is a poison, yet, as these figures reveal, far too many people remain unaware of the serious damage it can to do.

“People have a right to know the health risks of alcohol – even at low levels of consumption – so they can make informed choices.”

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