Saturday, July 20, 2013

Alarming rise in the number of young women in UK dying from heavy alcohol drinking

Researchers in UK claim the number of young women who are dying from alcohol related conditions such as liver disease has seen an alarming increase since 1980s. They warn that in the past decade, while there has been a downward trend in alcohol related deaths among young men, they are increasing among young women. Researchers assessed drink related deaths in three cities - Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool – and blame cheap alcohol and a shift in the way drink is marketed towards women for the increase in deaths.
The trends appeared in these cities appeared to reflect what was happening nationally. While the number of deaths among young men went up in the 1990s and early 2000s but then that started to fall again in the late 2000s. Among women of the same age, however, it keeps going up and they are not decreasing like have seen in other parts of the population. This indicates that young women are drinking a lot more. If this continues it is going to have huge implications as they get older.
Cheap alcohol and a binge-drinking "ladette" culture has been blamed for an alarming rise in the number of young women dying from alcohol-related diseases in Glasgow. The increasing number of females who are taking advantage of cheaper alcohol and matching male drinkers in the city's bars and nightclub venues are falling victim to cirrhosis of the liver and other illnesses at an earlier age than in the past, a report out today warns.

Researchers say deaths connected to drinking among females are now increasing at the same rate as that for men, despite a fall in the overall number of such deaths across the UK.

They found women born in the 1970s began dying in notable numbers in the 1990s and 2000s, chiefly from cirrhosis of the liver, but also after suffering mental health issues.

Previously, heart disease and stroke used to explain excess deaths among those under the age of 65 in Glasgow. But since 1993, alcohol, drugs, suicide and violence have taken over where cardiovascular disease left off.

However, a minimum price for alcohol will not be enough to combat Scotland's deep-rooted culture of problem drinking, the study warns. In the last 20 to 30 years there has seen a dramatic rise in the number of alcohol-related deaths in Scotland and Glasgow in particular.

Researchers focused on Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester to see if there were any factors that might help explain the higher rate of early deaths, which began to rise sharply in 1993, in Scotland.


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