In 2017, Scottish males were twice as likely to die from alcohol-related causes than those in England.
In Northern Ireland it rose by 40% over the same period.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that previous year there were 8 female deaths from alcohol for every 100,000 people in the United Kingdom - the greatest number since records began in 2001.
The Scottish figure was 1,120, nearly 300 fewer than the peak year of 2006.
Across Britain in 2017 there were 7,697 alcohol-specific deaths, equating to a rate of 12.2 deaths per 100,000 population.
This includes deaths from alcoholic liver disease, excess alcohol blood levels, alcohol poisoning and mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol, among others.
But rates among men are more than double that of women, accounting for nearly 17 deaths per 100,000 men.
But figures do not include deaths from diseases where alcohol is partially to blame, such as liver cancer.
The ONS statistics define alcohol-specific deaths as "only those health conditions where each death is a direct effect of alcohol misuse". For older drinkers, alcohol often creeps up and gradually plays a more central role in day-to-day life.
"The people we work with frequently talk about alcohol as a way to deal with loneliness, isolation, and the sense of loss that sometimes comes with retirement and move into a new phase of life".
In contrast, the female alcohol-specific death rate in 2017 for Scotland, at 11.6 deaths per 100,000, was the lowest since 2013, and a statistically significant decrease of 20 percent since 2001. It was highest in the north-east, with 15.5 deaths per 100,000, despite a decline since 2014.
Northern Ireland has seen the largest difference in the rate since 2001 compared with the other United Kingdom countries, with a 40% increase in alcohol-specific deaths.
Public health agencies have also looked at the wider number of deaths caused by alcohol consumption, including traffic accidents.
And in Scotland, a minimum price per unit of 50p was approved by the UK Supreme Court past year.
England still has no set minimum-price for alcohol, despite calls from public health campaigners.
'They are trying to represent alcohol as empowering and a badge of equality, ' said Alison Douglas, of Alcohol Focus Scotland.