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Quantifying alcohol-related mortality: should alcohol-related contributory causes of death be included?

Creator:

Aimee Durkin, Sheelah Connolly, Dermot O'Reilly

Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

Aims: The aim of the study was to assess whether alcohol related mortality data in the UK should be extended to include contributory as well as underlying cause of death. Methods: A total of 101,320 deaths registered in Northern Ireland between 2001 and 2007 were analysed to determine the quantity and characteristics of those with an underlying or contributory alcohol-related cause of death. Results: Alcohol was found to be an underlying cause of death in 1690 cases (1.7% of deaths) and a contributory cause in a further 1105 cases. Analyses show that the addition of alcohol-related contributory causes of deaths would increase the maleâ?"female ratio, result in steeper socio-economic gradients and amplify the apparent rate of increase of alcohol-related deaths. The significant contribution of alcohol to external causes of death, such as accidents and suicide, is also more evident. Conclusions: Using only underlying cause of death undoubtedly underestimates the burden of alcohol-related harm and may provide an inaccurate picture of those most likely to suffer from an alcohol-related death, especially among younger men.

Date:

01/01/2010

DOI:

10.14655/11971-114824

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Aimee Durkin, Sheelah Connolly, Dermot O'Reilly. (2010) Quantifying alcohol-related mortality: should alcohol-related contributory causes of death be included? [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/114824 [Accessed: 25th August 2019].

  

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