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Deaths which are counted as being due to alcohol.
New Definition: Alcohol-specific deaths
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Old Definition: Alcohol-related deaths
A comparison of the two definitions
The total numbers (for Scotland as a whole) which are produced using the two definitions are compared in the chart which follows.
The files below have been made available as Excel spreadsheets and can be viewed in Comma Separated Value (CSV) or Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).
The causes of death which are counted by the two definitions are compared in Table 1 of ‘The impact of using the new definition of alcohol-specific deaths’ , which was published by ONS on 27 October 2017.
Note: age-standardised accidental death rates are available from the Age-standardised Death Rates section of this website.
Statistics for other parts of the United Kingdom (UK)
Further information for the rest of the UK can be found via the following website links:
- England & Wales : Office for National Statistics, Deaths by cause
- Northern Ireland : Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, Deaths by cause
Note : Figures for England & Wales and/or Northern Ireland may not always be on exactly the same basis as National Records of Scotland (NRS) figures: there can be differences in the coverage of what at first sight appear to be the same statistics.
A list of common definitions and acronyms used in these pages is available on our Glossary page.
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Lead Statistician: Julie Ramsay
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