This week marks Alcohol Awareness Week 2017, an awareness week that encourages people to think about alcohol – how it affects us as individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Here, our Area Manager James Ward discusses the change to the definition of 'alcohol-related deaths' and what this means for drug and alcohol services across the country, including our services across the North East and Yorkshire.
At the end of October, just ahead of releasing the 2016 statistics, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) updated the definition used for recording alcohol specific deaths.
The change in definition meant the exclusion of deaths that were only “partially attributable to alcohol”.
The ONS anticipate that the…