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Friday, December 01, 2006
Scotland: Alcohol becoming No. 1 cause of death
ALCOHOL will be Scotland's biggest killer in the next four years, health experts have revealed.
Booze-related illnesses are now the second-highest causes of death of people aged under 65.
And they are set to top the death league before the end of the decade - ahead of coronary heart disease and cancer - if present trends continue.
In Dennistoun, Glasgow, one of the country's poorest areas, alcohol-related illnesses kill more people under 65 than heart attacks and lung cancer put together.
And in the city as a whole, alcoholic liver disease is already the biggest cause of "premature death".
The number of alcohol-related deaths has increased threefold in Scotland between 1991 and 2004. Details.