Consultation on Health and Social Care Statistical Products

Excessive alcohol consumption is a major cause of premature death and completely preventable.

 

Alcohol-specific mortality

Deaths from conditions wholly caused by alcohol. This definition is also used by the Office of National Statistics in their annual UK data release.

 

Alcohol-related mortality

Deaths from conditions which are wholly or partially caused by alcohol. For partially attributable conditions, a fraction of the deaths are included based on the latest academic evidence about the contribution alcohol makes to the condition.

 

Liver disease

Liver disease is one of the main causes of premature mortality in England and people are dying from it at younger ages.

Most liver disease is preventable. Alcohol accounts for over a third of all cases of liver disease and the figures have more than doubled since 1980.

Deaths from chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis, classified by an underlying cause of death with ICD-10 code K70, K73, or K74.

 

Potential years of life lost to alcohol-related conditions

The number of age-specific alcohol-related deaths multiplied by the national life expectancy for each age group and summed to give the total potential years of life lost due to alcohol-related conditions.

 

Recent figures on mortality due to alcohol

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE): March 2023 update

Main findings of the mortality indicator update to LAPE statistical commentary, March 2023

Working Years of Life Lost due to Alcohol

The ad hoc statistical release of the working years of life lost due to alcohol are calculated as the number of years between a death in those aged 16 to 64 years and the age of 65 years.