Alcohol kills one in 20 Scots

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Alcohol may have caused the death of twice as many Scots as previously thought, an NHS study has found.

Researchers used a new method of calculating alcohol-related deaths which is said to more accurately reflect the damage done by drinking. They estimated that 2,882 deaths - one in every 20 - could be attributed to alcohol in 2003.

More than a quarter of deaths in men aged between 35-44 were caused by alcohol, the study found. The deaths of a fifth of women in the same age group were also attributable to alcohol.
Link (BBC News)
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