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Binge Drinking

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many teenagers have died from binge drinking in each year since 1997. [117582]

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Paul Marsden, dated 10 June 2003:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question concerning how many teenagers died from binge drinking in each year since 1997. (117582)

Figures for deaths from alcohol poisoning are given in the table. The most recent year for which figures are available is 2001. Information on the pattern of alcohol consumption is not generally available from death certificates.

Deaths from accidental poisoning by alcohol, teenagers


, England and Wales, 1997 to 2001


Calendar year

Number of deaths from accidental poisoning by alcohol


Number of deaths from drug-related poisoning, alcohol poisoning mentioned



1 Teenagers defined as aged 13–19.

2 Data are for deaths occurring in a calendar year

3 Figures are based on the underlying cause of death, defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision ICD-9) code E860 for the years 1997 to 2000 and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code X45 for2001.

4 Where both drug and alcohol poisoning are mentioned on the death certificate, international coding rules state that the death should be coded to the drug.