We were saddened to learn of new research that supports the view that alcohol-related deaths in young women have risen sharply in 3 major cities in the UK. This is a rate much faster than in young men, new research shows.
Investigators at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health in Scotland found that women born between 1970 and 1979 in Glasgow, Manchester, and Liverpool experienced disproportionate increases in alcohol-related mortality compared with their female counterparts in the previous birth cohort.
Unlike the men born at this time, women in Glasgow were dying from alcohol-related causes at much earlier ages in “notable numbers” during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Analyses of the birth cohorts in Liverpool and Manchester produced broadly similar trends, with death in all 3 cities increasing at a much faster rate than in men.
The study was led by Deborah Shipton, PhD, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, and was published online July 18 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
According to the investigators, despite an overall decline in alcohol-related deaths in England and Scotland since the middle of the last decade, there has been a “worrying” increase in alcohol-related deaths among young women in both countries.
In addition, Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, has a particularly high rate of premature mortality and alcohol-related deaths.
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