Increase in women dying from alcoholism in England

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The number of women dying from alcohol-related illnesses in the UK has risen in recent years, new figures show.

Experts attribute this increase to brands that deliberately target women in their marketing.

The latest figures show that the number of women who lost their lives this way in the UK rose by 37 per cent in five years, from 2,399 to 3,293 between 2016 and 2021.

This is the highest level since the beginning of records. Although men still die more from alcohol-related diseases than women, figures from the National Office show that the number of deaths among women is rising significantly faster than among men.

During this period, the number of deaths increased by 29% from 4928 to 6348.

Liver disease is a particular problem in female patients, says Debbie Shawcross, professor of hepatology and chronic liver failure at the Institute of Liver Studies at King’s College London.

Dr Richard Piper, chief executive of the charity Alcohol Change, claimed that the main reason for the increase in alcohol consumption was ‘the continued marketing of drinks to women’.

“They are demanding strict monitoring of alcohol advertisements. Abi Gail Wilson, affiliated with the welfare organization ‘Wood You,’ which focuses on drugs, alcohol, and mental health, expressed deep concern over the increasing number of women dying from liver diseases related to alcohol. She stated that alcohol is just as harmful as heroin and cocaine.”

In general, women are less likely to die from alcohol-related causes than men. There’s always a gap, but the gap is closing and that’s really worrying.”

Between 2015 and 2021, the number of women who died from alcohol-related liver disease rose from 1,533 to 2,190 in England, an increase of 42%.
Over the same period, the total number of male deaths from alcohol-related liver disease increased by 34 percent to 3,870.

Recent research has shown that the proportion of British women who drink alcohol is the highest among 33 countries.
Exclusive polling shows that almost two-thirds of online help-seekers are women, with more than half seeking help for alcoholism.

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