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Death: Drugs and Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information her Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the death rates in respect of (a) drug and (b) alcohol abuse in other EU member states. (315704)

I have been asked to reply.

Information on drug abuse and alcohol abuse deaths is collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

“Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2008”, is the latest available information on drug misuse deaths and was published by ONS in August 2009. A copy has been placed in the Library. It provided drug misuse death data by gender, age group, time and by specific drugs.

On behalf of the four United Kingdom health departments, we provide UK drug-related death information to the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). The EMCDDA receives drug-related death information from all European Union member states and some other European countries and publishes these data annually as a statistical bulletin available from the EMCDDA website:

though there are limitations on the comparability of data from different states.

“Alcohol-related deaths in the United Kingdom 1991-2008”, is the latest available information on alcohol-related deaths and was published by ONS in January 2010. A copy has been placed in the Library.

European data on selected alcohol-related causes of death per 100,000 of population are held by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe on the European ‘health for all’ online database:

Although this can be a helpful indicator for ranking countries by alcohol-related mortality, it is important to note that it does not include all known alcohol-related causes of death and is not directly comparable with ONS alcohol-related death data.