Year: 1990 Source: The New Zealand Medical Journal, v.103, no.882, (January 24, 1990), p.1-3 SIEC No: 19980817

616 alcoholics admitted to an inpatient alcoholism clinic in Christchurch between 1972-76 were studied. 83 deaths were recorded in the study group through September 30, 1983. When compared to the general population, this yielded a standardised mortality ratio of 1.6, nearly 60% higher than expected. 3 of the deaths were suicides (1 male, 2 females). The excess date rate was quite low at 6 extra deaths per 1000 alcoholic years. (28 refs.)