A large rise in male deaths from liver disease in the North West of England has been blamed on increased alcohol abuse and obesity. The North West Public Health Observatory has found that the number of men suffering from fatal liver disease has risen 20% since 2005, which is 42% higher than the national average.
For all deaths resulting from liver disease, alcohol was the root cause in nearly half of all affected men and over 40% of women, especially in deprived areas. Over the last few years, there has been an enormous rise in hospital admissions because of fatty liver disease which is a known side effect of overconsumption of alcohol.
Professor Bellis from Liverpool John Moores University, who was heavily involved in the study, had this to say about the findings:
“What this really shows us particularly in males is a quite substantial rise in the number of people dying over last five years of liver disease… and being admitted to hospital and this is mainly due to alcohol and obesity and other underlying problems which are getting worse.”
Liver disease is always a very serious risk for heavy drinkers. The liver is the largest internal organ in the entire body and provides vital functions which include the filtering of toxins from the blood – toxins such as alcohol. The liver has no ability to feel pain, however, which means that if there are any problems there are no signs at all that disease and damage are progressing until the severely advanced stages.
The overwhelming majority of liver disease instances is attributed to the consumption of alcohol, which is why prolonged alcoholism and alcohol abuse is such a serious condition and should be addressed as soon as possible.
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