Deprived Scots are more likely to die from alcohol-related causes
Statistics released by the Scottish Government on Tuesday show there is still a gap between rich and poor.
People from more deprived parts of Scotland are more likely to die from alcohol-related causes.
Statistics released by the Scottish Government on Tuesday look at the levels of inequality in Scotland among a number of factors.
The Equally Well report compares date up until 2010.
The largest rate of inequality was in alcohol-related deaths among those aged 45 – 74. The report says that while there have been improvements, death rates and levels of inequality were higher in 2010 than 1998.
In the same age range, the death rate for coronary heart disease fell 57% between 1997 and 2010.
The reduction was slower in more deprived areas of Scotland than anywhere else in the country. This translates to an increase in inequality over the long term.
For all-cause mortality for those aged 15-44 and cancer deaths for those aged 45-74, inequality has widened over the long term.
Low birthweight, premature mortality and alcohol related hospital admissions have all seen a reduced or stabilised inequality.