Alcohol-related mortality 

Updated: 30.12.2016 - Next update: 29.12.2017

Number of persons that died from alcohol-related causes decreased from 2014

Close on 1,700 persons died of alcohol-related diseases and alcohol poisonings in 2015, which is nearly 200 lower than in the previous year. The share of alcohol-related causes in all deaths was three per cent. The majority of those dying of alcohol, three out of four, were men. Persons who died from alcohol-related causes are older than before. During the past ten years, mortality from alcohol among both men and women aged 65 or over has grown while in younger age groups it has decreased. The median average age of both men and women in alcohol-related causes of death was 61 years.

Statistics Finland, Causes of death

Description of indicator

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.