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#AAW15 – Liver deaths ‘likely to increase’ after relaxation of alcohol tax policies

Deaths from liver disease in UK quadrupled between 1980 and 2013 as alcohol became cheaper due to policy encouraged by lobbying from drinks industry, report says.

Liver disease is very treatable and those who are caught early recover well. But nearly two-thirds (60%) of liver cancer cases in the UK are not diagnosed until the cancer has reached an advanced stage, when it is incurable.

According to the British Liver Trust more than 16,000 people in the UK died from liver disease in 2008. Of these, 4,580 died from alcohol-related liver disease.

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About Paul Hooper, WCC (575 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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