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Area of residence and alcohol-related mortality risk: a five-year follow-up study.

Creator:

Sheelah Connolly, Dermot O'Reilly, Michael Rosato, Chris Cardwell

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

Design: A 5-year longitudinal study of individual and area characteristics of those dying and not dying from alcohol-related deaths. Participants: A total of 720 627 people aged 25â?"74, enumerated in the Northern Ireland 2001 Census, not living in communal establishments. Findings: There was an increased risk of alcohol-related mortality among disadvantaged individuals, and divorced, widowed and separated males. The risk of an alcohol-related death was significantly higher in deprived areas for both males [hazard ratio (HR) 3.70; 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.65, 5.18] and females (HR 2.67 (95% CI 1.72, 4.15); however, once adjustment was made for the characteristics of the individuals living within areas, the excess risk for more deprived areas disappeared. Both males and females in rural areas had a reduced risk of an alcohol-related death compared to their counterparts in urban areas; these differences remained after adjustment for the composition of the people within these areas. Conclusions: Alcohol-related mortality is higher in more deprived, compared to more affluent areas; however, this appears to be due to characteristics of individuals within deprived areas, rather than to some independent effect of area deprivation per se. Risk of alcohol-related mortality is lower in rural than urban areas, but the cause is unknown.

Date:

01/01/2011

DOI:

10.14655/11971-70312

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Sheelah Connolly, Dermot O'Reilly, Michael Rosato, Chris Cardwell. (2011) Area of residence and alcohol-related mortality risk: a five-year follow-up study. [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/70312 [Accessed: 17th November 2019].

  

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