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Table 1 Population statistics on alcohol consumption and mortality by sex and socioeconomic status, South Africa, 2015

From: The socioeconomic profile of alcohol-attributable mortality in South Africa: a modelling study

  Men Women
SES High Middle Low High Middle Low
Population (15+ years) 5,838,935 6,030,496 6,305,738 7,081,701 6,828,503 6,782,163
Lifetime abstainers in % (95% CI) 35.4 (32.0–38.9) 36.7 (34.1–39.4) 40.8 (38.2–43.3) 58.6 (54.5–62.7) 70.8 (67.8–73.7) 76.6 (74.2–79.0)
Current drinkers in % (95% CI) 50.5 (46.0–55.0) 47.8 (44.5–51.2) 45.0 (41.9–48.1) 28.5 (24.4–32.7) 17.8 (15.4–20.1) 13.9 (12.0–15.8)
Binge drinkers in % (95% CI) 11.9 (9.5–14.4) 14.7 (12.3–17.1) 13.5 (11.4–15.6) 2.6 (1.7–3.4) 2.9 (2.1–3.8) 2.7 (1.9–3.6)
Mean grams per day among drinkers (SD) 47.7 (55.9) 65.6 (76.8) 67.4 (78.9) 20.3 (25.6) 29.4 (36.9) 41.6 (52.3)
Total deathsa (95% UI) 48,469 (43,512–53,930) 95,873 (82,905–108,684) 122,436 (108,590–135,061) 44,289 (39,589–49,428) 92,189 (79,384–104,727) 126,146 (112,328–138,705)
Deaths attributable to alcohol consumption by broader categories (95% UI)
 Injuries 1850 (1223–2593) 4334 (2733–6247) 4600 (2975–6489) 320 (206–464) 604 (365–896) 627 (383–922)
 Infectious diseases 2051 (646–3804) 4768 (1541–8924) 18,311 (5472–32,176) 601 (178–1324) 1171 (331–2732) 6520 (1558–14,572)
 Chronic diseases 2985 (1007–5486) 4205 (1470–7982) 5981 (2731–10,110) 1181 (− 126–3333) 1946 (175–5142) 3240 (642–6950)
 Total 6886 (2876–11,883) 13,307 (5744–23,153) 28,892 (11,178–48,775) 2102 (258–5121) 3721 (871–8770) 10,387 (2583–22,444)
  1. SES socioeconomic status, CI confidence interval, UI uncertainty interval
  2. aAll deaths that occurred among adults (aged 15+) in South Africa in 2015, split by SES