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Alcoholic Drinks: Birmingham

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Chair, International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths in Birmingham were attributed to alcohol in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated September 2013

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths in Birmingham were attributed to alcohol in (a) 2010, (b)2011 and (c) 2012. (167743)

The table provides the number of deaths where the underlying cause was alcohol-related, for Birmingham metropolitan district, for death registered in the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Alcohol-related deaths are reported consistently across the United Kingdom using an agreed National Statistics definition that only includes those causes regarded as being most directly due to alcohol consumption (see Box 1 below).

Alcohol-related death figures-for the UK, England, Wales, and regions of England, for 1991 to 2011 are available on the ONS website at:

Table 1. Number of deaths where the underlying cause was alcohol-related for Birmingham Metropolitan District, for 2010, 2011 and 2012(1,2,3,4)
Year Deaths
2010 148
2011 148
2012 127
(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (1CD-I0). The specific causes which are included in the National Statistics definition of alcohol-related deaths, and their corresponding ICD-10 codes, are shown in Box 1 below. (2)( )Figures exclude deaths of non-residents. (3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.
Box 1. National Statistics definition of alcohol-related deaths (ICD-10)
ICD-10 code Description
F10 Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol
G31.2 Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol
G62.1 Alcoholic polyneuropathy
I42.6 Alcoholic cardiomyopathy
K29.2 Alcoholic gastritis
K70 Alcoholic liver disease
K73 Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified
K74 Fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver (Excluding K74.3-K74.5—Billiary cirrhosis)
K86.0 Alcohol induced chronic pancreatitis
X45 Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol
X65 Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol
Y15 Poisoning by and exposure to alcohol, undetermined intent

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