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Health written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Evan Harris Evan Harris Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons died primarily as a result of the use of alcohol in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

Information collected centrally about the cause of deaths does not systematically record whether a death is attributable to alcohol misuse. A number of health and lifestyle factors can contribute to diseases such as cancer, stroke and coronary heart disease, and it can be difficult to isolate alcohol consumption as the most important of these factors.

A research review commissioned by the Department in 1997 concluded that between 5,000 and 40,000 deaths are attributable to alcohol misuse each year in England and Wales.

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