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Northern Ireland: Annual alcohol-related deaths hit all-time high

Number of alcohol-related deaths in Northern Ireland, 2007–2017

Today's ten-year trend figures on Alcohol Related Deaths Registered in Northern Ireland saw the number of alcohol-related deaths in Northern Ireland increase for the fourth consecutive year to the highest on record (illustrated).

The statistics show that 303 of the 16,036 deaths registered in Northern Ireland in 2017 (1.9%) were due to alcohol-related causes, almost 30% more than was recorded a decade previously (238) and 70% more than 2001 when the time series began (178).

Most alcohol-related deaths occurred among males, who accounted for 70% (212) of the 2017 total. The largest number of alcohol-related deaths continued to occur in those aged between 45 and 64 years. And the wealthier you were, the less likely you were to die from alcohol-related causes.

The full dataset is available at the Northern Ireland Statistics Research Agency website.