Alcoholic Drinks: Death

Treasury written question – answered on 1st February 2008.

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Photo of Richard Spring Richard Spring Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many alcohol-related deaths there were in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Exchequer Secretary, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 1 February 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many alcohol-related deaths there have been in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years. (178897)

The table attached provides the number of deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause in (a) the East of England government office region, and (b) Suffolk county from 2002 to 2006 (the latest year available).

Table 1: number of deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause of death( 1) East of England government office region, and Suffolk county( 2) 2002 to 2006( 3)
Deaths (persons)
Area
East of England Suffolk
2002 456 48
2003 484 60
2004 485 65
2005 492 56
2006 556 70
(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), The specific causes of death categorised as alcohol-related, and their corresponding ICD-10 codes, are shown in the following table.

(2) Based on boundaries as of 2007.

(3) All figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Box 1: alcohol-related causes of death—International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)
Cause of death ICD-10 code(s)
Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol F10
Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol G31.2
Alcoholic polyneuropathy G62.1
Alcoholic cardiomyopathy I42.6
Alcoholic gastritis K29.2
Alcoholic liver disease K70
Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified K73
Fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver (excl. Biliary cirrhosis) K74 (excl. K74.3-K74.5)
Alcohol induced chronic pancreatitis K86.0
Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol X45
Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol X65
Poisoning by and exposure to alcohol, undetermined intent Y15

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