Perhaps this is one for Chris Snowden as he knows his way aroiund the statistics better than I do. But this seems odd:
An alliance of more than 30 leading medical bodies and charities says Britain\’s \”alcohol problem\” has become so entrenched that drastic action – which would also include an end to sponsorship of sporting events – is required to protect children and teenagers.
Their submission to the House of Commons health select committee says the step is needed to tackle a growing burden on society, which costs almost 15,000 lives a year.
The ONS says that booze kills just under 9,000 a year, not 15,000. So where they got their number from I\’m not sure.
This looks even stranger:
Evidence submitted to MPs shows that alcohol has become the leading cause of deaths among young men, responsible for 27 per cent of fatalities among those aged 16 to 24.
Looking at the detailed figures this doesn\’t in fact seem to be true:
Suicide and injury/poisoning of undetermined intent 852 21%
Land transport accidents 536 13%
Accidental poisoning 393 10%
The percentage refers to total deaths in that age group.
Booze doesn\’t even make it into the top three causes let alone account for 27% of deaths is about that age range.
The only number I can see that might be related to it is:
The lowest male rate was in those aged 15–34; the rate for this group in 2010 was 2.7 per 100,000,
Please, they\’ve not confused a 2.7 per hundred thousand with 27% have they?