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Bhala, Neeraj and Fischbacher, Colin and Bhopal, Raj (2010) Mortality for alcohol-related harm by country of birth in Scotland, 2000-2004: potential lessons for prevention. Alcohol and Alcoholism , 45 , (6) , pp. 552-556.

URL: http://alcalc.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/6/552....

AIMS: Deaths caused by alcohol have increased in the UK, and Scotland in particular, but the change in the rates of alcohol-related deaths for migrants are uncertain, and could yield insights for the general population.

METHODS: Alcohol-related mortality in immigrants among Scotland's residents was assessed using 2001 census data and mortality data from 2000 to 2004.

RESULTS: Mortality from direct alcohol-related causes accounted for nearly 1500 deaths per year in Scotland. Age-standardized mortality ratios were comparatively low for people born in Pakistan, other parts of the UK (largely England and Wales) and those from elsewhere in the world.

CONCLUSIONS: Scotland's propensity to alcohol-related deaths is not shared by all its residents. Studying such variations in more depth could yield lessons for prevention.

 

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