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Alcoholic Drinks: Death

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths in which alcohol was the primary cause there were in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk and (c) Cambridgeshire in each year since 1997. (127621)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 March 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths in which alcohol was the primary cause there were in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk and (c) Cambridgeshire in each year since 1997. (127621)

The attached table provides the number of deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk and (c) Cambridgeshire, from 1997 to 2005 (the latest year available).

Table 1. Number of deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause of death1, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire2, 1997 to 20053

Deaths (persons)

Suffolk

Norfolk

Cambridgeshire

1997

37

50

32

1998

53

64

28

1999

43

60

40

2000

50

69

36

2001

51

67

38

2002

48

70

51

2003

60

87

37

2004

65

70

45

2005

56

81

48

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 below. 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 county boundaries as of 2007.

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

142.6

Alcoholic gastritis

K29.2

Alcoholic liver disease

K70

Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified

K73

Fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver (excl. Biliary cirrhosis)

1K74

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

1 Excluding K74.3 to K74.5