Alcohol

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Alcohol

For the first time, alcohol sales figures across the UK have been combined with regional data for alcohol-related deaths to analyze the relationship between heavy drinking and early mortality...

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Alcohol

For the first time, alcohol sales figures across the UK have been combined with regional data for alcohol-related deaths to analyze the relationship between heavy drinking and early mortality. Central Scotland, the North-west and North-east have high levels of alcohol sales alongside higher than average alcohol-related death rates, the study found. Meanwhile in London, where alcohol purchases are lower than average, there are fewer alcohol-related mortalities. But most interestingly, the study backed up long-standing clichés about the favoured tipples of different regions. In central Scotland, where total alcohol sales were 18 per cent higher per head than the rest of the country, spirits including whisky made up 29 per cent of all sales, far higher than the national average. In Yorkshire, beer was more popular, accounting for 46 per cent of all sales. And the West Country’s reputation as the home of good cider was confirmed by figures showing that it accounted for 13 per cent of all alcohol sales – compared to an average of 7 to 8 per cent for the rest of the country.

figure/chiffre - heavy drinking/consommation d'alcool excessive – average/(la) moyenne - death rate/taux de mortalité – meanwhile/pendant ce temps – purchase/achat - to back up/appuyer, étayer, corroborer - long-standing/ancien, de longue date – tipple/boisson alcoolisée – spirit/alcool fort - to account for/représenter

Publié le 24/02/2015

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