Alcohol-related deaths in Denmark 2012-2018, by age group

From 2007 to 2012, the number of deaths in alcohol accidents in Denmark decreased strongly. Since then, it fluctuated but grew generally again and amounted to 32 deaths as of 2018. Most alcohol related deaths affected people aged between 25 and 44 years, and between 45 and 64 years. In 2018, there were 11 alcohol related deaths in both of these age groups. For the age group of 18 to 24 years, the total amount of deaths in alcohol accidents increased during the overall time period from 2012 to 2017, from five to two deaths.

Gender comparison

Noticeable is that the number of male deaths due to alcohol related accidents was higher than the number of female deaths in every year of the ten-year period from 2008 to 2018. A number of 24 Danish men and eight Danish women died in 2018 in accidents caused by alcohol. Compared to the other Nordic countries, Denmark has quite low restrictions on the sales of alcohol. It can be bought easily in all kinds of supermarkets and convenience stores.

Total number of deaths

The total number of deaths in Denmark remained roughly the same in the years from 2008 to 2018. In 2017, more than 53 thousand Danes died. In this year, the difference between the number of deaths between both genders was very low as only a little more men than women died.

Number of deaths in alcohol accidents in Denmark from 2012 to 2018, by age group

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

2012 to 2018

Special properties

only incl. injuries reported by the police

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "The statistics only include injuries reported by the police. In order to examine the socalled underreporting of figures Statistics Denmark has since 1996 conducted a study where data on persons treated by casualty wards have been included. The studies have shown that the total number of injuries is much higher than the number registered by the police. However, the coverage with respect to persons killed is almost 100 per cent. "

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