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Moderate drinkers admitted for liver disease on the rise

Published on 30/04/2013

The number of people experiencing liver problems from alcoholism is increasing as unsuspecting drinkers consume too much.

Younger people are consuming more alcohol

Research carried out by Balance showed that an increase of more than 1,000 people each year are being treated for alcohol-related liver damage.

Experts say these new cases are people who are unwittingly drinking too much, for example business people on working lunches or those who relax in the evening with a bottle of wine.

Drinking alcohol on a daily basis causes the liver to become fatty, inflamed and incurably scarred.

The data showed that alcohol-related liver disease increased from 14,886 admissions in hospitals in the UK during 2009/10 to 15,858 in 2010/11 and 16,865 in 2011/12.

The statistics released in March showed that the under-30s were becoming a greater risk with the number of hospital admissions more than doubling between 2002 and 2012. Some areas were worse than others, with the north east of England seeing a 400% rise in hospital admissions.

Eric Appleby, Chief Executive of Alcohol Concern said: “These figures are terrifying; we’re seeing an increase in alcohol-related liver disease across both sexes, in every age group, in every region of the country. It’s particularly sad to see the number of young people with this awful disease more than doubling. “

Following on from a 50% increase in organ donation in the past five years, people with alcohol-related disease who receive a liver donation has also increased. In 2009 146 were donated a liver with that number rising to 197 by 2012.

Alcoholics are eligible for transplants but many of those who receive them have to remain sober for several months to prove their commitment.

The UK government advises that the recommended intake of alcohol is 2-3 units a day for women and 3-4 units a day for men.

By reducing the amount of alcohol you consume you lower the risk of liver failure and other alcohol-related diseases.

Appleby said: “We have to get the message across that drinking too much, too often can cause huge health problems and we need to create an environment where alcohol isn’t cheaper than water and available on every corner.”

Living a healthy lifestyle by following the government guidelines on how many units should be drunk each week could lower your health insurance premiums.

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