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Durkin, Aimee and Connolly, Sheelah and O'Reilly, Dermot (2010) Quantifying alcohol-related mortality: should alcohol-related contributory causes of death be included? Alcohol and Alcoholism , 45 , (4) , pp. 374-378.

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 male–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.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2010
Page Range:pp. 374-378
Volume:45
Number:4
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Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
VA Geographic area > Europe > Northern Ireland
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences

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