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Alcohol Is Known To Kill Twice As Many Men

Friday, March 6th, 2009 Alcohol Is Known To Kill Twice As Many Men

The BBC reports (23 02 09) that the numbers of men dying as a direct result of alcohol misuse in Scotland each year is twice the rate of women.

The study carried out at Glasgow university in conjunction with the Medical Research Council (MRC) have created an “alcohol death map” showing mortality rates across the country.

It has also been established that most of the alcoholic related deaths took place in the Glasgow area.

Notably, researchers have disclosed that their findings went against the prevailing perception that alcohol misuse was more prevalent among young females.

Notwithstanding, research further shows that almost 1,000 Scottish males and 448 females die from alcohol related illness each year.

The findings of the study indicate that the male death rate was 38 deaths per 100,000 while for women the figure was 16 deaths.

Furthermore, the findings have also come as the Scottish Government prepares to publish it’s new approach in tackling Scotland’s ‘booze culture.’

Controversially, new legislation was put out to consultation last year and included proposals to raise the age limit for buying alcohol in shops from 18 to 21. The principle idea is to identify gender and geographical divide in alcohol related deaths in Scotland.

According to Dr Carol Emslie who says, “We wanted to find out whether environment influenced the rate of alcohol-related deaths in both men and women across Scotland.

“In doing this, we looked at three main questions - which areas have the highest rates of alcohol-related death in Scotland, are these areas the same for men and women, and are there areas in Scotland where the gap between men and women’s alcohol-related death rates is unusually large or small?”

Moreover the study divided Scotland into 144 zones based on the last population census.

Arguably it was the Ibrox area of Glasgow that had highest mortality rates with 176 deaths per 100,000 for males and 58 deaths in relation to the female population.

Dr Richard Mitchell one of the co-authors argued, “In the vast majority of areas, 136 out of 144, the gap between men’s and women’s alcohol-related death rate was as expected.

“Areas with high rates for men tended to have high rates for women. Similarly, areas with low rates of alcohol-related death for men tend to have low rates for women.”

He added: “Scotland is facing a huge public health problem which will require strong and radical action by the Scottish Government.

“It is interesting that the areas in which alcohol-related deaths are a particular problem are largely the same for men and women.

“The results suggest to us that both men and women are vulnerable to the social, economic and cultural pressures which can make people drink too much.”

Hitherto it has been reported that alcohol -related cases have overtaken heart disease as a reason for hospital admissions.

New figures suggest alcohol is one of the leading causes of admissions to hospital.

Until now, figures only included those conditions which could have no other cause, such as alcohol poisoning or alcoholic liver disease.

Other conditions which could have no other cause, such as alcohol poisoning or alcoholic liver disease have also now been included. More specifically 50% of all lip cancers and 10% of all gastric ulcers have been connected to alcohol.

Alcohol-related admissions now outnumber heart disease in 29 out of 40 areas of Scotland, and in the remaining 11 the difference is too close to call.

Hospital consultant Dr Ewan Forrest, a liver specialist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, has witnessed first hand the high levels of alcohol-related admissions.

“This has been a trend that has been increasing over the last 10 or 15 years. Certainly, it is the leading cause of admission and in some parts of the city it is the leading cause of premature death in people under the age of 65.”

He said: “We are seeing a significant increase in patients being admitted, specifically in this ward, with alcohol-related liver disease, but also with other alcohol-related problems including severe alcohol withdrawal.

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