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Alcoholic Drinks: Greater London

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) alcohol-related and (b) drug-related deaths there were in London in each of the last five years. (154810)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 5 September 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many (a) alcohol-related and (b) drug-related deaths there were in London in each of the last five years. I am replying in her absence. (154810)

The attached table provides the number of deaths in each year in the London government office region with (a) an alcohol-related underlying cause, from 2001 to 2006, and (b) a drug-related poisoning underlying cause, from 2001 to 2005 (the latest year available in each case).

Table 1: Number of deaths with an alcohol-related1 or drug-related poisoning2 underlying cause, London Government office region3, 2001 to 20064

Deaths (persons)

Alcohol-related

Drug-related

2001

787

428

2002

832

335

2003

826

338

2004

758

342

2005

744

399

2006

824

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). The specific causes of death categorised as alcohol-related, and their corresponding ICD-10 codes, are shown in Box 1 as follows.

2 Figures on drag-related deaths relate to the number of deaths from poisoning with any drug or medicine (whether accidental or intentional) or certified as due to drug abuse or dependence. They do not include deaths which may be indirectly related to drug use, such as blood-borne viral infections or transport accidents. The causes of death categorised as drug-related were identified using the ICD-10 codes Fl 1-F16, F18-F19, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85 and Y10-Y14.

3 Based on boundaries as of 2007.

4 Figures are for deaths to residents of London GOR, registered in each calendar year.

Box 1: Alcohol-related causes of death, International Classification of Diseases, TenthRevision (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 (excluding Biliary cirrhosis)

K74 (excluding 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