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Alcohol linked deaths three times higher than official figures, MPs hear

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1713 (Published 27 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1713
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Deaths related to alcohol consumption in the United Kingdom are about three times higher than official figures indicate, MPs have been told.

    The scale of the problem is underestimated, MPs on the parliamentary health select committee heard last week at the first evidence session of their inquiry into alcohol.

    Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians, giving evidence, said that the problem was worse than the estimated 8700 deaths caused by alcohol consumption recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    “The figures we hear are almost certainly significant underestimates. The 8700 figure is an ONS figure where alcohol is named on the death certificate as the cause of …

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