Alcohol-related deaths decline

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Norway’s state institute for drug and alcohol research, SIRUS, reports that deaths of Norwegians that are tied to alcohol abuse have declined by 25 percent during the past 15 years. Alcohol remains the form of substance abuse, however, that still claims the most lives.

SIRUS (Statens institutt for rusmiddelforskning) reported that 577 Norwegians died of alcohol or drug overdose in 2012, 331 of them tied to alcohol. The victims included 250 men and 81 women.

Fully 70 percent of the deaths involved persons over age 55, while 10 percent were over age 75.

The number of deaths tied to drug abuse was stable at 246 last year, including 185 men and 61 women. staff