There were 8,664 alcohol-related deaths in the year, a drop from the peak of 9,031 in 2008.
The fall represented a reduction from 13.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2008 to 12.8 per 100,000.
Around two-thirds of the deaths recorded in 2009 were men.
Chris Sorek, chief executive of alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware, said: “It’s really encouraging to see a drop in alcohol-related deaths but the fact that thousands of people are still dying from alcohol misuse shows we must not rest on our laurels.
“It is imperative we change people's attitudes and behaviours towards alcohol to avoid the drinkers of today turning into the alcohol-related death statistics of tomorrow.
“Although a slight drop in average weekly consumption of alcohol, particularly among 16 to 44 year olds, is a positive step in the right direction, we mustn't get complacent about how much more work there is to do to help people drink less.”