Alcohol awareness week 2 facts
Continuing on through the merry month, here are some more facts on the boozy treat some of us like to indulge in… Drink carefully folks!
Alcohol and Health
- Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
- In the UK in 2014-5, there were an estimated 1.1 million hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis. In the same period there were 339,000 admissions for conditions directly caused by alcohol.
- Males accounted for approximately 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2014.
- The alcohol-related mortality rate of men in the most disadvantaged socio-economic class is 3.5 times higher than for men in the least disadvantaged class, while for women the figure is 5.7 times higher.
- In England and Wales, 63% of all alcohol-related deaths in 2014 were caused by alcoholic liver disease.
- Liver disease is one of the few major causes of premature mortality that is increasing, and deaths have increased by around 40% in a decade.
- The number of older people between the ages of 60 and 74 admitted to hospitals in England with mental and behavioural disorders associated with alcohol use has risen by over 150% in the past ten years, while the figure for 15-59 years old has increased by 94%