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Alcohol-related deaths in the UK, registered in 2014


Office for National Statistics

Subject Keywords: Alcohol, Death, Alcohol consumption, Cause of death
Type: Report
Region: United Kingdom

Main points

  • In 2014, there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths registered in the UK, an age-standardised rate of 14.3 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • In the UK as a whole, alcohol-related death rates have fallen since peaking in 2008, but the rate in 2014 is still higher than that observed in 1994.
  • The majority of alcohol-related deaths (65%) in the UK in 2014 were among males.
  • Alcohol-related death rates were highest among 55 to 64-year-olds in 2014.
  • For both sexes, Scotland had the highest alcohol-related death rates in 2014. However, Scotland has also seen the fastest decrease in its rates since they peaked in the 2000s.
  • Alcohol-related death rates for both sexes were significantly higher in the north of England than the south in 2014.
  • England and Wales are the only UK countries where alcohol-related death rates for females were significantly higher in 2014 than 1994.



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Suggested citation:

Office for National Statistics. (2016) Alcohol-related deaths in the UK, registered in 2014 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 18th October 2019].


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