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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) males and (b) females under the age of 18 years in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex and (iii) England and Wales died as a consequence of excessive alcohol consumption in each of the last seven years for which figures are available. (177129)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 8 January 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many (a) males and (b) females under the age of 18 years in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex and (iii) England and Wales died as a consequence of excessive alcohol consumption in each of the last seven years for which figures are available. (177129)

The table attached provides the number of deaths of (a) males and (b) females under the age of 18 with an alcohol-related underlying cause in England and Wales from 2000 to 2006 (the latest year available). There were no deaths of persons under the age of 18 with an alcohol-related underlying cause in Southend-on-Sea unitary authority for these years; and one death in Essex county, a male, in 2000.

Table 1. Number of deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause of death1, males and females under the age of 18, England and Wales, 2000 to 20062

Deaths (persons)

Males

Females

2000

3

2

2001

1

0

2002

0

0

2003

5

0

2004

1

1

2005

1

0

2006

1

0

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) for the year 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.

2 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

305.0

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

425.5

Alcoholic fatty liver

571.0

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)

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