The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published a statistical bulletin on adult smoking habits in the UK. The report details cigarette smoking among adults including the proportion of people who smoke, their demographic breakdowns, changes over time, and e-cigarette use. The figures show that across the UK, 15.1% of people aged 18 years and above smoked cigarettes, equating to around 7.4 million people.
Scottish Government Social Research have published a research paper on ‘Why are drug-related deaths among women increasing in Scotland?‘. The paper is a scoping of possible explanations for why, although men still account for the majority of drug-related deaths, the percentage increase in deaths among women has been much greater than among men over the last ten years.
Also, National Records of Scotland have published annual statistics on overall drug-related deaths in 2017 in Scotland. The figures are broken down by cause of death, selected drugs reported, age and sex.
ISD Scotland have released the annual statistics for suicide in Scotland. The statistics for 2017 show a slight drop from the previous year. The figures are provided from ISD Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO). The quarterly update from ScotPHO has also been published with updates on alcohol, and cancer types amongst the updates.
The quarterly report on births, deaths and other vital events for the first quarter of 2018 has been published by National Records of Scotland. The figures show a large (360% increase in deaths from flu compared to the same period in 2017. There has also been a rise in the number of deaths from cancer, coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and dementia although over the longer term deaths from coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease have decreased considerably whilst the number of deaths from cancer and respiratory disease has risen slightly. Also, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease now accounts for more than 10% of all deaths compared to 5% a decade ago.
ISD Scotland have published the latest NHS Scotland workforce statistics. The report is published annually and the latest statistics are for 31st March 2018. There are statistics for the overall workforce, with a focus on key clinical staff including consultants, doctors and dentists in training, qualified nurses and midwives and allied health professions (AHPs). The statistics include data on staff numbers, vacancies and sickness absence. Note that the data is on staff employed directly by NHS Boards and excludes those working as independent contractors, such as locums, general medical practitioners (GPs) and general dental practitioners.
ASH Scotland and the Scottish Public Health Observatory have released the latest figures for death associated with smoking in Scotland. The figures show that in 2016, 2,038 people died due to cardiovascular problems caused by smoking. This figure understates the extent of smoking-related illness as it only includes deaths – not smoking related hypertension and other health problems. The figures have been released to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have produced a report and accompanying datasets on adult drinking habits in Great Britain in 2017. The figures show that England had the highest proportion of adults who said they drank alcohol in the previous week and young people (16 to 24 years) in Great Britain are less likely to drink than any other age group but when they do consumption on their heaviest drinking day tends to be higher than other ages. The dataset will be the last statistical release on adult drinking habits in Great Britain given the availability of other data and the ‘outdated’ questions which focus on the heaviest drinking day rather than drinking habits over several days.