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Fall in alcohol-related deaths

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The number of alcohol-related deaths has declined after years of steady increases, figures from the Office of National Statistics show.

There were 8,724 such deaths in the UK in 2007, or 13.3 per 100,000 people, down from 13.4 the previous year.

However, the rate is still nearly double that recorded in 1991.

Alison Rogers, Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust spoke to the BBC, emphasising caution over the results.

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