Suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism linked to more middle-aged deaths than heart disease

Sir Angus Deaton, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, told Sky News that, among Britons aged 45-54 the number of deaths of despair per 100,000 people rose from just over 20 in 1993 to 43 in 2017. See also: Deaton’s Inequalities in the 21st century.