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[Correspondence] Alcohol-related deaths: is misinformation hindering care improvement?

25 Apr 2015

The UK Office for National Statistics states that “In 2013 there were 8416 alcohol-related deaths (ARD) registered in the UK…the age standardised death rate from alcohol-related causes was the lowest since 2000”.1 Their definition of alcohol-related deaths includes only causes directly due to alcohol and does not include the many other diseases with which alcohol has a causal association (eg, cancers of the mouth, oesophagus, and liver, and road traffic and other accidents). This definition oversimplifies the detailed analysis in the recent Lancet Commission on liver disease,2 and contrasts with the estimates of 49 000 alcohol-related deaths in France in 2009 (population 64·7 million in 2009 vs 63·7 million in UK in 2012), despite only a slightly higher adult per-capita consumption of pure alcohol in France (12 L in France vs 10 L in the UK) in 2010, which has plateaued in both countries since 2005.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet