Retailers have some of the lowest rates of alcohol-related deaths in the UK, while bar staff and publicans are the most likely to die directly as a result of alcohol consumption, according to the Office of National Statistics. Nearly 23,000 20 to 64-year-olds died as a direct result of alcohol consumption in England and Wales in 2001-2005, with more than twice as many deaths among men as among women. Overall, men in sales and customer service occupations had a proportional mortality rate of 98, just below the average mortality rate of 100, while women in the sector had a lower rate of 80. The ONS said the highest levels of alcohol-related deaths are found in the drinks industry, but listed mainly on-trade workers as the highest-risk occupations. It said the trade needs to do more to prevent and tackle alcohol misuse and should play a greater role in spreading messages encouraging responsible drinking.
MARKET MONITOR A graphic guide to the off-trade
07 September, 2007
Some professions with the highest and lowest rates of alcohol-related deaths