Alcohol abuse is killing more people than ever before, statistics have revealed.

In the last 20 years, the number of people dying of alcohol-related causes has almost doubled with 8,697 drink-related deaths in 2014. Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that how likely you were to die from alcohol misuse seemed to depend on where in the UK you live.

For example, women living in the North East are more than twice as likely to die from a cause related to alcohol than their counterparts in London. According to the statistics 15.1 women in the North East died from an alcohol-related cause per 100,000 people, compared to 6.8 in the capital.

For men, the North West had the highest number of deaths with 25.5 per 100,000 people while the lowest risk area was the East of England with 13.3.

But the group of people at biggest risk was men aged between 55 and 64.

The most common cause of death where alcohol was listed as a contributing factor were heart disease and stroke. Booze also played a major part in a large number of deaths from liver cancer.

Middle aged drinking on the rise

The number of people dying from alcohol abuse thought to be increasing due to climbing numbers of middle-aged drinkers. In Yorkshire, the death rate for both men and women in 2014 was more than double what it was 20 years earlier when records began.

Alcohol Concern’s director of campaigns, Tom Smith, said: “We continue to face extremely high levels of health harms caused by alcohol, and it continues to be the leading risk factor for deaths among men and women aged between 15 and 49 years in the UK.

“Unless we start taking this seriously and acknowledge the health risks that too much alcohol can cause the situation will only get worse.”

If you’re concerned that someone you love is abusing alcohol, it is important to seek professional advice and support. Alcohol testing can help build an accurate picture of someone’s alcohol consumption so they can get the help they need.

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