Alcohol-related mortality

Updated: 29 Dec 2017
Next update: 17 Dec 2018

Alcohol-related diseases include all diseases in the classification of diseases that are caused by alcohol (categories F10, G312, G4051, G621, G721, I426, K292, K70, K852, K860, O354, P043, Q860 in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, ICD-10).

Accidental poisonings by alcohol are poisoning deaths caused by alcohol or a similar substitute (category X45).

The statistics on causes of death cover the persons who have died in Finland or abroad during the calendar year and who at the time of death were domiciled in Finland.


Slight growth in alcohol mortality from 2015

The decrease in mortality from alcohol that started in 2008 did not continue in 2016. In 2016, mortality from alcohol grew somewhat from the previous year but was still lower than in 2014. In 2016, more than 1,700 persons died from alcohol-related diseases and alcohol poisonings of whom around 1,300 were men and 400 women. The share of alcohol-related causes in all deaths was three per cent.

Changes in alcohol-related mortality has followed fairly regularly the graph for total consumption of alcoholic beverages even though alcohol-related deaths usually call for long-term detrimental use of alcohol that lasts for several years. The changes in the number of deaths from alcohol-related causes between 2009 and 2016 were mainly caused by changes in men's deaths from alcohol-related causes.