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Rate of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease in Dorset Rises

New figures reveal that the rate of alcohol-related liver disease in Poole has increased to 70 patients per 100,000 people between April 2016 and March 2017. This means 102 people were admitted in Poole.

Nationally, the rate of people with the disease ranges from 32 per 100,000 to 127.

Men are twice as likely as women to be admitted.

The poor also have a higher rate of the disease, with 57 per 100,000 people as opposed to 29 for the rich.

A spokesperson for Public Health England said, “Liver disease is one of the top causes of death in England and people are dying from it at younger ages. Most liver disease is preventable and much is influenced by alcohol consumption and obesity prevalence.”

The Lancelot Commission, in 2014, said health problems caused by alcohol were costing the NHS £3.5 billion yearly.

The Director of the Institute of Hepatology, Prof Roger Williams, suggested a minimum price be set for alcohol, to reduce its consumption.

He said, “Liver disease mortality rates have increased about 600 per cent in the last 50 years

“That happens because alcohol consumption among the population has increased and this is linked to the fact that the costs of alcoholic drinks proportionally have fallen.

“Setting a minimum alcohol price is a highly effective way of dealing with the problem. In Canada, they had a 14 per cent drop in emergency admissions and an eight per cent drop in mortality in the first 12 months after setting this minimum.”

 

 

 

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