Women in 30s 'alcohol deaths'

There has been a "worrying" increase in the number of women in their 30s and 40s who are dying from alcohol misuse, a new study suggests.

'Imperative' alcohol deaths warning sign acted upon

Researchers who found a rise in alcohol-related deaths among women in their 30s and 40s said it is "imperative this early warning sign is acted upon".

They said:

The similarity of trends in alcohol-related deaths in young women in Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool raises real concerns for the long-term health of this cohort in both England and Scotland.

It is imperative that this early warning sign is acted upon.

Failure to have a policy response to this new trend may result in the effects of this increase being played out for decades to come.

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Women born in 1970s 'more likely' to die from alcohol

Researchers have analysed trends in deaths related to alcohol in Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester from the 1980s up to 2011 among people born between 1910 to 1979.

In the early 1980s, the rate of alcohol related deaths were three times as high in Glasgow as they were in Liverpool and Manchester, and they rose over the next three decades in all three cities, the study suggests.

Glasses with alcohol are standing on the counter of a bar during a party.
The study has been published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Credit: Frank May/DPA/Press Association Images

Death rates stabilised in all three cities by the early 2000s, and fell during the latter part of the decade in all three - except from in women born during the 1970s.

The researchers said that unlike the men born at this time, women were dying from alcohol-related causes at a much earlier age than women born earlier than 1970, and in "notable numbers" during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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