Poverty + Alcoholism = Higher Deaths

SHEFFIELD, England, June 1 (UPI) — British researchers suggest alcohol-related death rates peak in poverty-stricken areas.

Dr. Ravi Maheswaran of the University of Sheffield and colleagues looked at 18,716 deaths in men and 10,123 deaths in women in England and Wales from 1999 to 2003 and found mortality rates for adults in the most deprived areas were over four times the rates in less deprived areas.

The poorest area with 20 percent of the population of England and Wales accounted for 32 percent of alcohol-related deaths in men and 26 percent of alcohol-related deaths in women.

Mortality rates peaked in middle-age. Those ages 45-65 — one quarter of the population — accounted for half of the alcohol deaths, the study said.

“This study highlights the large inequalities in alcohol-related mortality which exist between different socioeconomic areas of the United Kingdom,” Maheswaran said in a statement.

The study was published in BioMed Central Public Health.

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