Over the past decade there has been a marked increase in levels of alcohol consumption in society, both in terms of the proportion of the population who drink alcohol and in the amount of people who regularly drink above the recommended level. At the same time the number of people dying from alcohol related causes in Northern Ireland has been rising. Recent evidence has shown that alcohol related deaths rates in Northern Ireland, while traditionally being similar to those experienced in England and Wales are now increasing at a faster rate, and as a result the alcohol related death rate in Northern Ireland has exceeded those in England and Wales for a number of years.
While it is known that male death rates from alcohol related causes are higher than those for females and that deprived areas suffer a disproportionate amount of these deaths, little else is known about the characteristics of the individuals or areas in the UK most likely to experience high rates of alcohol related deaths. This is essential information if appropriate and timely policies are to be enacted to tackle this growing problem. The aim of this piece of work is to identify the characteristics of those individuals, households and areas most likely to be effected by alcohol related deaths.
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NILS Research Brief 4 February 2011: Area and alcohol-related mortality risk in Northern Ireland