Annual Alcohol-Specific Deaths statistics, 2021

Date published: 13 October 2022

NISRA has today, at 9.30am, released the annual Alcohol-specific deaths statistics for deaths registered in 2021 on alcohol-specific mortality across Northern Ireland. Alcohol specific deaths are deaths resulting from health conditions that are a direct consequence of alcohol misuse.

Key points

  • The total number of alcohol-specific deaths registered in 2021 was 350. This was one less than the previous year (351) and the second highest since the start of the series, accounting for 2.0% of all deaths registered in 2021.
  • Almost two-thirds (64.3%) of the 350 deaths were male, and over one third (35.7%) were female. Similarly, the age standardised mortality rate per 100,000 population of alcohol-specific deaths for males was almost twice that of the rate for females (25.5 and 13.4 respectively).
  • Alcohol-specific deaths continue to be more prevalent among the 45-54 and 55-64 age groups, which together accounted for 63.1% of all alcohol-specific deaths registered in 2021.
  • Alcoholic liver disease was the most common cause of death, accounting for 70.0% of the 350 deaths registered in 2021.
  • Western Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust had the highest agestandardised rate of alcohol-specific deaths of all the HSC Trust areas in Northern Ireland at 24.9 per 100,000 population in 2021.
  • The relationship between the number of alcohol-specific deaths and the level of deprivation remains the same in 2021 - as deprivation increases, so too does the rate of alcohol-specific deaths. This is demonstrated by looking at the most recent five years together (2017 to 2021). There were almost four times as many alcohol-specific deaths in the most deprived areas compared to the least deprived areas.

Further statistics on Alcohol-specific deaths can be found at: Alcohol Deaths | Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (

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