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40% rise in alcohol-related deaths

Figures show the number of alcohol-related deaths has increased by 40% over the last 10 years.

Data obtained by shadow home office minister, James Brokenshire, reveal 7,341 people died between 1999 and 2008 as a result of alcohol.

The number of deaths among under-40s with an underlying cause related to alcohol also increased by 24% during the same period.

The figures, obtained in a Parliamentary answer, show men are more at risk of dying from alcohol, with a 43% rise in alcohol-related deaths, while deaths among women increased by 32%.

Speaking about the findings, Mr Brokenshire said: "I am increasingly worried that the government's decision to introduce 24-hour drinking is having a real impact on antisocial behaviour in our town centres and not nearly enough is being done to tackle it."

He warned alcohol is having a significant impact on the NHS and that the government seems unaware of the "enormity of the problem of binge drinking" on society, communities and NHS services.

Mr Brokenshire added that unless more is done to tackle excessive alcohol drinking it will continue to have "tragic consequences".

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