Commenting on Office of National Statistics report on alcohol-related deaths in the United Kingdom 2015 published today (7/2), Dr. John Larsen, Director of Evidence and Impact at the national alcohol education charity Drinkaware, said:

“Whilst alcohol-related deaths are still lower than their 2008 peak, it is worrying the rate is higher than it was in 1994 and that we are not seeing a downward trend in recent years. Furthermore, it is concerning to see the continuing trend of alcohol-related deaths disproportionally affecting men and those living in the north of England and Scotland.

“We also see that the majority of alcohol-related deaths occur between the ages of 45 and 69 in both males and females, mainly due to liver disease. This highlights the need for people to understand the potential long-term risks of their regular drinking on their health.

“We are committed to reduce alcohol-related harm by helping people make better choices about their drinking. To find how people can benefit from reducing their alcohol intake, please visit drinkaware.co.uk/little-less.”