Region's death toll from alcohol falls for first time in decade

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health & Education Editor

THE North-East has seen one of the largest falls in male alcohol-related deaths in the country, according to new figures.

For the first time since 2003 the alcohol-related male death rate for the North-East fell below 20 per 100,000 of the population in 2012.

This was in line with a slight drop in the number of alcohol-related deaths across the whole of the UK.

In 2012, there were 8,367 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, 381 fewer than in 2011.

Statistics showed that the alcohol-related death rate for North-East men dropped from 21.5 per 100,000 in 2011 to 17.6 in 2012.

It meant that 255 North-East men died due to alcohol in 2012, 48 fewer than in 2011.

The female alcohol-related death rate for the North-East also dipped from 10.4 per 100,000 in 2011 to 9.8 with the number dying falling from 158 in 2011 to 150 in 2012.

In general the North of England had the most alcohol-related deaths in England while there were fewest in the South.

Sue Taylor, partnerships manager at Balance, the North-East Alcohol Office, said: “Although we welcome the fact that rates here in the North-East fell faster than the England average in the last year, we continue to have one of the biggest problems with alcohol in England.

"There’s been an astonishing leap in alcohol related deaths over the last two decades and it’s particularly alarming that our rate of alcohol related female deaths is a third higher than the England average. We must do more.

“Today’s statistics are further evidence that a minimum unit price for alcohol is necessary.”

Nationally, the harmful effects of drinking caused more than 5,000 deaths every year in England and Wales for the last decade.

The misuse of alcohol has become a serious and worsening public health problem, according to a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It warns that alcohol results in 2.5m deaths worldwide each year.

Excessive alcohol consumption is a major cause of preventable premature death, accounting for 1.4 per cent of all deaths registered in England and Wales in 2012, the study went on.

Men aged 60 to 64 were most likely to die.

Of the UK’s four countries, only Scotland had male and female death rates in 2012 that were significantly lower than 2002.

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8:55pm Wed 19 Feb 14

behonest says...

This clearly shows a minimum price tax is unnecessary and unfair. However, disgracefully, but predictably, this 'Balance' lot still spin this story dishonestly and tell us we should still all suffer this unjust minimum price tax!
It's time to pull the plug on taxpayer funding of 'Balance'. They seem to only be concerned with plugging a message that justifies their existence, rather than being honest with people.
This clearly shows a minimum price tax is unnecessary and unfair. However, disgracefully, but predictably, this 'Balance' lot still spin this story dishonestly and tell us we should still all suffer this unjust minimum price tax! It's time to pull the plug on taxpayer funding of 'Balance'. They seem to only be concerned with plugging a message that justifies their existence, rather than being honest with people. behonest
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4:30pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Michael_1984 says...

behonest wrote:
This clearly shows a minimum price tax is unnecessary and unfair. However, disgracefully, but predictably, this 'Balance' lot still spin this story dishonestly and tell us we should still all suffer this unjust minimum price tax!
It's time to pull the plug on taxpayer funding of 'Balance'. They seem to only be concerned with plugging a message that justifies their existence, rather than being honest with people.
Ok lets behonest, should we not look at the facts before we go branding minimum unit pricing as unnecessary and unfair?

-Alcohol now is 44% more affordable now than it was in 1980.
-You can easily drink more than the recommended intake of alcohol for men (21 units) for around £4.
-Alcohol A&E attendances have sorn for patients aged 19 and under.
-Alcohol costs the NHS around £3.5bn a year

The minimum unit pricing will only affect those products which are dangerously marketed and priced to be cheap, there are thousands of people trapped by alcoholism in our region and Balance are one of the few organisations who try to understand and improve this current situation.
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: This clearly shows a minimum price tax is unnecessary and unfair. However, disgracefully, but predictably, this 'Balance' lot still spin this story dishonestly and tell us we should still all suffer this unjust minimum price tax! It's time to pull the plug on taxpayer funding of 'Balance'. They seem to only be concerned with plugging a message that justifies their existence, rather than being honest with people.[/p][/quote]Ok lets behonest, should we not look at the facts before we go branding minimum unit pricing as unnecessary and unfair? -Alcohol now is 44% more affordable now than it was in 1980. -You can easily drink more than the recommended intake of alcohol for men (21 units) for around £4. -Alcohol A&E attendances have sorn for patients aged 19 and under. -Alcohol costs the NHS around £3.5bn a year The minimum unit pricing will only affect those products which are dangerously marketed and priced to be cheap, there are thousands of people trapped by alcoholism in our region and Balance are one of the few organisations who try to understand and improve this current situation. Michael_1984
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