Do men and women in Australia die from different alcohol-caused diseases?

Both men and women are most likely to die from alcoholic liver disease, followed by mental and behavioural disorders. Men are equally likely to die from accidental poisoning or from other alcohol-caused diseases, as are women (although at a lower rate). In general, men are more likely to die from alcohol-caused diseases than women. 

Men account for 75% of alcohol-caused deaths. Of these, mental and behavioural disorders account for 17%; alcoholic liver disease accounts for 48%; accidental poisonings account for 5%; and other causes account for 5%. Women account for 25% of alcohol-caused deaths. Of these, mental and behavioural disorders account for 7%; alcoholic liver disease accounts for 16%; accidental poisonings account for 1%; and other causes account for 1%. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2010 Mortality Data (ABS secondary analysis, 2013).

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2010 Mortality Data (ABS secondary analysis, 2013).

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% due to the omission of alcohol-caused diseases with very low prevalence rates.

Alcohol-Caused Disease: A disease, disorder or condition which was directly caused by the individual’s own alcohol consumption.

Diseases classified as directly caused by alcohol use include: mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use; alcohol-induced pseudo-Cushing’s syndrome; degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol; special epileptic syndromes; alcoholic polyneuropathy; alcoholic myopathy; alcoholic cardiomyopathy; alcoholic gastritis; alcoholic liver disease; alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis; alcohol-induced chronic pancreatitis; maternal care for (suspected) damage to fetus from alcohol; fetus and newborn affected by maternal use of alcohol; fetal alcohol syndrome (dysmorphic); finding of alcohol in blood; alcohol toxicity; accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol; intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol; poisoning by and exposure to alcohol, undetermined intent; evidence of alcohol involvement in morbidity/mortality determined by blood alcohol level; evidence of alcohol involvement in morbidity/mortality determined by level of intoxication.