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Alcohol-related Deaths (old National Statistics definition)

Alcohol-related Deaths (old National Statistics definition)

The Coverage of the Statistics

The figures given in this section count only deaths for which a condition is listed below was coded as the underlying cause. The codes are from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) and Tenth Revision (ICD-10).

In July 2018, National Records of Scotland (NRS) used its data for 1999, which had been 'bridge coded' using both ICD-9 and ICD-10 (see Appendix 2 of the Registrar General’s Annual Report for 2000) to assess the compatibility of these definitions. NRS found that using the ICD-10 codes gave a figure for 1999 that was 3.6% lower than the published number (which had been produced using the ICD-9 codes) – so, strictly speaking, the statistics of alcohol-related deaths have a small break in the series between 1999 and 2000. However, NRS has not modified the tables to reflect this, because the figures for the years up to 1999 and from 2000 have appeared as they are for many years, and it seems unlikely that making any changes at such a late stage would be of any benefit (especially as it is expected that much more use will be made of the statistics of alcohol-specific deaths than of alcohol-related deaths).

Causes of death related to alcohol consumption, (old National Statistics definition) 2000 onwards

This definition of alcohol-related deaths was agreed with the Office for National Statistics in 2006, following wide consultation.

ICD-10 Code

Description

F10

Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol

G31.2

Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol

G62.1

Alcoholic polyneuropathy

I42.6

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

K29.2

Alcoholic gastritis

K70

Alcoholic liver disease

K73

Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified

K74.0

Hepatic fibrosis

K74.1

Hepatic sclerosis

K74.2

Hepatic fibrosis with hepatitic sclerosis

K74.6

Other and unspecified cirrhosis of liver

K86.0

Alcohol induced chronic pancreatitis

X45

Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol

X65

Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol

Y15

Poisoning by and exposure to alcohol, undetermined intent

Causes of death related to alcohol consumption, (old National Statistics definition) 1979-1999

ICD-9 Code

Description

291

Alcoholic psychoses

303

Alcohol dependence syndrome

305.0

Non-dependent abuse of alcohol

425.5

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

571.0

Alcoholic fatty liver

571.1

Acute alcoholic hepatitis

571.2

Alcoholic cirrhosis of liver

571.3

Alcoholic liver damage, unspecified

571.4

Chronic hepatitis

571.5

Cirrhosis of liver without mention of alcohol

571.8

Other chronic nonalcoholic liver disease

571.9

Unspecified chronic liver disease without mention of alcohol

E860

Accidental poisoning by alcohol

 

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