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NI Sets New Record for Alcohol-Related Deaths


Northern Ireland sets new record for alcohol-related deaths

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Northern Ireland has recorded its highest number of alcohol deaths in 20 years of official statistics.

In 2020, Northern Ireland also had the second highest death rate per 100,000 in the UK, according to the Office of National Statistics.

However, unlike England and Scotland, Northern Ireland did not see a significant increase in these deaths between 2019 and 2020.

NI’s figure increased from 336 in 2019 to 351 in 2020.

There were 19.6 deaths per 100,000 people in Northern Ireland from alcohol in 2020.

This compares to 21.5 deaths per 100,000 in Scotland and 14 per 100,000 in the UK as a whole.

The alcohol-related death rate has increased across the UK, but statistically significant increases were only seen in England and Scotland.

In the UK, 8,974 deaths from specific causes of alcohol were recorded in 2020.

This represented 1,409 more deaths (an increase of 18.6%) than in 2019 when 7,565 deaths were recorded, or 11.8 deaths per 100,000 people.

More than three quarters of deaths have been caused by alcoholic liver disease.

Commenting on the numbers, James Tucker of the ONS said: “There will be many complex factors behind the high risk since spring 2020.

“For example, the analysis from Public Health England showed that consumption patterns have changed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), which could have resulted in hospitalizations and ultimately deaths.

“We have also seen an increase in loneliness, depression and anxiety during the pandemic and these could be factors as well. However, it will be some time before we fully understand the impact of all of this. “

Last year, the Northern Ireland Department of Health said it spends more than £ 1billion dealing with drug and alcohol abuse each year.

He described it as a key priority for the minister.

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