During the last 15 or so years, something went badly wrong with social attitudes to alcohol. Deaths related to alcohol consumption increased by 80 percent. At least there was some good news in 2009; the death rate came down slightly.
One interest fact; the death rate among 55-74 year olds is 16 times higher than for 15-34 age group. For people 75 and over, the death rate comes down sharply and is only slightly higher than the national average.
What are we to conclude from that? Heavy drinking is likely to kill you in middle age? Or are you more likely to turn to the bottle as you get older?
On a related subject; would a doubling of the taxes on alcohol be a good idea? I think so, but if you disagree, then tell me why not. That is what the comments button is there for.....