Sharp rise in alcohol deaths

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18 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The number of Dutch people who die of alcohol abuse annually has increased by 25 percent in recent years, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said Monday. The CBS said almost 1,800 people died in 2002 as a result of alcohol abuse compared with 1,400 in 1996, news service NOS reported.

18 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — The number of Dutch people who die of alcohol abuse annually  has increased by 25 percent in recent years, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said Monday.
 
The CBS said almost 1,800 people died in 2002 as a result of alcohol abuse compared with 1,400 in 1996, news service NOS reported.

The agency attributed part of the increase on the phenomenon of the aging population, with two thirds of deaths occurring in the 45 to 69-year-old age bracket. Adjusted for the affects of the aging population, there has been a 15 percent rise in the number of alcohol-related deaths.
 
More than 50 percent of alcohol-related deaths in 2002 were due to psychic disorders as a result of alcohol abuse, such as alcoholism. Alcohol-related liver illnesses were the second largest cause of death.

The percentage of psychological disorders has risen slightly, from 56 percent in 1996 to 59 percent in 2002. The percentage of liver-illness deaths has fallen from 37 to 34 percent.
 
Alcohol abuse is more often fatal to men than women, the CBS said. But the number of alcohol-related deaths among women is also rising.

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Subject: Dutch news

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