Death rate up for older Brit booz­ers

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DEATH rates among 60 to 74-year-old men ow­ing wholly to al­co­hol abuse have “in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly” since 2001, new fig­ures show.

The rise is par­tic­u­larly steep among men aged be­tween 70 and 74, where it has surged by around a half from 18.7 per 100,000 peo­ple in 2001 to 28.0 per 100,000 in 2016.

In to­tal, 7,327 peo­ple died in the UK last year as a di­rect re­sult of abus­ing al­co­hol.

This equates to a rate of 11.7 deaths per 100,000 pop­u­la­tion – “sig­nif­i­cantly higher” than the fig­ure for 2001 (10.6 per 100,000), ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics.

The fig­ures also show that rates among 60 to 64-year-old fe­males have jumped by over a third (35%) in the same pe­riod.

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