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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many alcohol-related deaths in hospitals in Lancashire there were in each of the last 10 years. (125172)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 8 March 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many alcohol-related deaths in hospitals in Lancashire there were in each of the last 10 years. I am replying in her absence. (125172)

We have interpreted your question as referring to all alcohol-related deaths to residents of Lancashire, whatever the place of death. The attached table provides the number of deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause in Lancashire county, from 1996 to 2005 (the latest year available).

So that comparison over time is for a consistent area, deaths in the current Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen unitary authorities, which were part of the former County of Lancashire, have not been included for any year.

Table 1: number of deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause of death1, Lancashire county2, 1996 to 20053

Deaths (persons)

Number

1996

127

1997

139

1998

125

1999

157

2000

143

2001

179

2002

162

2003

171

2004

178

2005

198

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) for the years 1996 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) for 2001 onwards. The specific causes of death categorised as alcohol-related, and their corresponding ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes, are shown in the boxes. The introduction of ICD-10 in 2001 means that the numbers of deaths from this cause before 2001 are not completely comparable with later years.

2 Based on the boundaries of Lancashire county as of 2007. Deaths in Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen unitary authorities are not included for any year.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Box 1. alcohol-related causes of death—International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9)

Cause of death

ICD-9 code(s)

Alcoholic psychoses

291

Alcohol dependence syndrome

303

Non-dependent abuse of alcohol

305

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

425.5

Alcoholic fatty liver

571

Acute alcoholic hepatitis

571.1

Alcoholic cirrhosis of liver

571.2

Alcoholic liver damage, unspecified

571.3

Chronic hepatitis

571.4

Cirrhosis of liver without mention of alcohol

571.5

Other chronic non-alcoholic liver disease

571.8

Unspecified chronic liver disease without mention of alcohol

571.9

Accidental poisoning by alcohol

E860

Box 2: alcohol-related causes of death—International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)

Cause of death

ICD-10 code(s)

Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol

F10

Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol

G31.2

Alcoholic polyneuropathy

G62.1

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

I42.6

Alcoholic gastritis

K29.2

Alcoholic liver disease

K70

Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified

K73

Fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver (excl. Biliary cirrhosis)

K74 (excl. K74.3-K74.5)

Alcohol induced chronic pancreatitis

K86.0

Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol

X45

Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol

X65

Poisoning by and exposure to alcohol, undetermined intent

Y15