Alcohol blamed for 40% rise in UK liver disease deaths in 12 years - Part Two

Alcohol intake is what has caused the rapid, "shocking and preventable” increase in death rates. 

What is the cause?

  1. The longer pub opening hours
  2. The lower cost of alcohol
  3. The higher levels of alcohol consumption
  4. The alcopops taste (making heavy drinking more appealing to women) 

What did the Public Health England (PHE) report say?

  • A 40% rise in liver deaths over the past 12 years (2001-2012)
  • Men twice as likely to be diagnosed as women
  • Death from liver diseases in the UK is a growing epidemic
  • It is the fifth “big killer” in England and Wales, after heart disease, cancer, strokes and respiratory disease 

Study by Professor Julia Verne and publically released by Public Health England (PHE) on Monday 20 October 2014. Also; numbers from The All Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group Inquiry into Improving Outcomes in Liver Disease report ‘Liver Disease: today’s complacency, tomorrow’s Catastrophe’, 2014. 

Posted: Thursday 20 November 2014