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Six people in US die each day from alcohol poisoning, CDC reports

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 08 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h105

Alcohol related deaths in the UK

While alcohol related poisoning is clearly associated with excessive consumption, there are a far greater number of alcohol related deaths. In the UK (in 2012) there were 8367 deaths recorded as alcohol related (mostly liver disease) - that's about 23 / day, or 1.5% of all recorded deaths. We are reminded that alcohol is a poison, albeit a slow one.

Alcohol related deaths in the UK, registered in 2012, Office for National Statistics, London, 2014.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 January 2015
Robert Patton
Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
University of Surrey