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Alcohol deaths

Alcohol deaths

Last update: 24 November 2020National Statistics Icon
Next update: 17 August 2021 Note
Frequency: Annual

Deaths which are counted as being due to alcohol.

New Definition: Alcohol-specific deaths

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Old Definition: Alcohol-related deaths


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Statistical Service in Scotland

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).

Alcohol deaths registered in Scotland:figures based on the old and new National Statistics definitions
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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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