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Citation

Durkin A, Connolly S, O'Reilly D. Alcohol Alcohol. 2010; 45(4): 374-378.

Affiliation

Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast, Mulhouse Building, RVH Site, Grosvenor Road, Belfast, BT12 6BJ, UK.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2010, Oxford University Press)

DOI

10.1093/alcalc/agq025

PMID

20472568

Abstract

Aims: The aim of the study was to assess whether alcohol-related mortality data in the UK should be extended to include contributory as well as underlying cause of death. Methods: A total of 101,320 deaths registered in Northern Ireland between 2001 and 2007 were analysed to determine the quantity and characteristics of those with an underlying or contributory alcohol-related cause of death. Results: Alcohol was found to be an underlying cause of death in 1690 cases (1.7% of deaths) and a contributory cause in a further 1105 cases. Analyses show that the addition of alcohol-related contributory causes of deaths would increase the male-female ratio, result in steeper socio-economic gradients and amplify the apparent rate of increase of alcohol-related deaths. The significant contribution of alcohol to external causes of death, such as accidents and suicide, is also more evident. Conclusions: Using only underlying cause of death undoubtedly underestimates the burden of alcohol-related harm and may provide an inaccurate picture of those most likely to suffer from an alcohol-related death, especially among younger men.


Language: en

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