The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths of (a) men and (b) women attributable to alcohol misuse there were in each local authority area in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (320047)
The tables provide the number of deaths where the underlying cause was alcohol-related for (a) males (Table 1) and (b) females (Table 2), in each local authority in England and Wales, for the years 2004 to 2008 (the latest year available). Copies have been placed in the House of Commons Library.
Internationally accepted guidance from the World Health Organisation requires only those conditions that contributed directly to the death to be recorded on the death certificate. Medical practitioners and coroners are not supposed to record all of the diseases or conditions present at or before death, and whether a condition contributed is a matter for their clinical judgement. Lifestyle and behavioural factors, such as the deceased’s alcohol consumption, are not recorded.