The North East is facing a liver disease epidemic with hospital admissions reaching an all-time high according to a recent report.
Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, has revealed that hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease among people in their early 30s have increased by over 400 per cent in the last eight years. This compares to the national rise of 61 per cent.
The North East is facing an alcoholic liver disease epidemic due to extreme drinking habits
Figures show 189 people from ages 30 to 34 were admitted to hospital for alcoholic liver disease in the North East in 2010, compared to only 37 in 2002.
Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals liver specialist Dr Chris Record said: "Only a few years ago alcoholic liver disease was very unusual in this age group and unless our drinking habits change, the problem is only set to worsen.
"The earlier the age at which children drink, and the more they drink, the greater the chance of developing serious live disease in adult life.”
"Many patients are now presenting with terminal liver disease in their late 20s and early 30s."
Balance is now running a campaign calling on the government to prevent alcohol advertising on television and cinemas unless an 18 certificate film is showing.
A recent study in the Lancet journal concluded that alcohol is more harmful to society than Class A drugs heroin or crack cocaine. Between the years of 2009 and 2010 over a million people were admitted to hospital for alcohol related illnesses, costing the NHS £2.7bn.
Charity Alcohol Concern has predicted that rates of alcohol related hospital admissions will rise again to 1.5m every year by 2015, increasing costs to £3.7bn and putting pressure on our already struggling NHS.
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