Alcohol-Related Deaths in Women Rise

Researchers in the UK point to alcohol as a substantial vehicle for death among women

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The rise in alcohol-related deaths could be caused by availability and affordability of alcohol, paired with the industry’s marketing and promotion techniques, say the study’s authors.

Might The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health recently published research suggesting that since the middle of the previous decade, there has been a “sharp rise” in alcohol-related deaths among women in England and Scotland.

Glasgow, Liverpool, and Manchester were the three regions studied; each of the cities contain high levels of poor-health and deprivation, compared to other areas of Europe. The researchers analyzed trends in alcohol-related deaths from 1980 to 2011, looking specifically at “influences of age, gender, and birth cohort.” Significant patterns emerged from the data, including the staggering fact that deaths in young women in all three cities increased at a much quicker rate than men.  

The study also looked to determine what exactly is driving this trend. The rise could be caused by availability and affordability of alcohol, paired with the industry’s marketing and promotion techniques, say the study’s authors.

The researchers concluded that the public, mainly young women, should take this as a warning, and alter their drinking habits in order to reduce the number of deaths from alcohol. 

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