Daily Archives: 04/04/2015

Alcohol related mortality data and pooled analyses

Two pieces of data and research were published in February that I’m going to link together in one post regarding alcohol related mortality and pooled analyses.

The first is from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and is the Statistical Bulletin for alcohol related deaths in the UK for those registered in 2013 and the second is a study that was reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) looking at  ‘All cause mortality and the case for age specific alcohol consumption guidelines: pooled analyses of up to 10 population based cohorts’

I’ll summarise both reports findings and if you wish to read further then I’ve linked below:

ONS Key Findings:

•In 2013 there were 8,416 alcohol-related deaths registered in the UK, an age standardised rate of 14.0 deaths per 100,000 population. A small increase of 49 deaths compared to 2012 did not change the overall rate.
•Looking at longer-term trends, the age standardised death rate from alcohol-related causes was the lowest since 2000.
•66% of alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2013 were among males.
•For both sexes, the UK death rates were highest among those aged 60-64 years (45.3 deaths per 100,000 males and 22.4 per 100,000 females).
•While Scotland had the highest alcohol-related death rate in 2013, it was the only constituent country of the UK with significantly lower rates than 10 years ago.
•Within England, males in London had a significantly lower rate in 2013 compared with 2004.Rates in other regions for both genders remained relatively stable.
Beneficial associations between low intensity alcohol consumption and all cause mortality may in part be attributable to inappropriate selection of a referent group and weak adjustment for confounders. Compared with never drinkers, age stratified analyses suggest that beneficial dose-response relations between alcohol consumption and all cause mortality may be largely specific to women drinkers aged 65 years or more, with little to no protection present in other age-sex groups. These protective associations may, however, be explained by the effect of selection biases across age-sex strata.
So to summarise alcohol kills and any benefits of low level consumption are difficult to prove.   Won’t find this information on the Drinkwise website I’m guessing ……..