Alcohol deaths of career women is soaring and rising faster than men

Alcohol deaths of career women is soaring and rising faster than men

Most career women are just plain unaware of the risks they are playing with when they drink as much as they do.  Alcohol harms women far worse than it does men and the long term damage is often unable to be undone.

On the 25th of January 2013, The Daily Mail released the data for England and Wales from a Freedom of Information request to the Office for National Statistics.

“Liver disease is rising dramatically.  These figures are just the tip of the iceberg, as they are the cases where alcohol is specifically mentioned on the death certificate.  When you look at diseases where alcohol is a major factor, such as oesophageal and throat cancer, or strokes, the true toll is much larger.  When I became a liver consultant 30 years ago, to see a woman dying with alcohol-related liver disease was really rare.  Today…every liver specialist will have seen women in their late 20s or early 30s dying of alcoholic liver disease.  Research shows the price of alcohol has a major effect on drinking in every social class”
Professor Ian Gilmore, chair of the UK Alcohol Health Alliance.

The data made for very predictable and sad reading…

  • Harmful drinking among middle-class and middle-aged women is fuelling rising rates of liver disease, cancer and high blood pressure, which can cause strokes and heart attacks
  • Female deaths caused by alcohol poisoning, liver disease, hepatitis or alcohol-related heart and pancreas failure rose 20%
  • In secretarial or other skilled office work, alcohol-related deaths rose 47%
  • For jobs such as shop assistants and hair dressers, it has risen 47%
  • For women in high-flying roles such as chief executives, doctors and lawyers, the number of deaths caused by drinking has risen by 23%
  • At management level, those losing their lives to liver disease and other conditions caused by alcohol rose by 17%
  • In men deaths from alcohol rose 22%

“A harmful drinker is drinking more than 35 units a week.  That’s the equivalent of half a bottle of wine a night.  A lot of people drink far more units than they realise, especially women.  I think there are a whole combination of reasons – it’s become more socially acceptable, the availability and low cost of wine and the pressures on professional women when you are working and also have a house to run.  We need to look at education and raising awareness about this at the workplace”’
MP Tracey Crouch, chairman of the All-party Group on Alcohol Misuse.

Posted: Sunday 10 February 2013

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