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Death: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) alcohol and (b) illegal drug-related deaths there were in (i) Crosby constituency and (ii) Merseyside in the last 12 months. (273608)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, May 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many (a) alcohol and (b) illegal drug-related deaths there were in (i) Crosby constituency and (ii) Merseyside in the last 12 months. (273608)

The tables attached provide the number of deaths where (a) the underlying cause was alcohol related (Table 1) and (b) the underlying cause was drug poisoning, where any drug controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was mentioned on the death certificate (Table 2), in Crosby constituency and Merseyside metropolitan county in 2007 (the latest year available).

Table 1: Number of alcohol-related deaths,1 Crosby constituency and Merseyside metropolitan county2, 20073

Deaths

Crosby constituency

10

Merseyside metropolitan county

304

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). Deaths were included where the underlying cause was alcohol-related, as shown in box 1.

2 Based on boundaries as of 2009.

3 All figures are for deaths registered in 2007.

Box 1. Alcohol-related causes of death - International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)

Cause of death

1CIM0 code(s)

Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol

F10

Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol

G3U

Alcoholic polyneuropathy

G62.1

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

142.6

Alcoholic gastritis

K29.2

Alcoholic liver disease

K70

Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified

K73

Fibrose 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

Table 2. Number of deaths from drug misuse1, Crosby constituency and Merseyside metropolitan county2, 20073

Deaths

Crosby constituency

2

Merseyside metropolitan county

51

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). Deaths were included where the underlying cause was due to drug poisoning, as shown in box 2, and where a drug controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was mentioned on the death certificate.

2 Based on boundaries as of 2009.

3 All figures are for deaths registered in 2007.

Box 2. Drug-related poisoning deaths International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)

Cause of death

ICD-10

Mental and behavioural disorders due to drug use (excluding alcohol and tobacco)

F11-F16,F18-F19

Accidental poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

X40-X44

Intentional self-poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

X60-X64

Assault by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

X85

Poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances, undetermined intent

Y10-Y14