Senior doctors are calling for more stringent laws regarding alcohol sales after warning that over the past three decades, Great Britain is one of only two countries in western Europe that has seen a rise in liver disease cases.
The director of the Institute of Hepatology in London, Professor Roger Williams said: “There is a human, social, and financial imperative to act now if the UK’s burden of liver disease and all its consequences are to be tackled and the NHS is not to be overwhelmed by the cost of treating advanced stage liver disease.”
The president of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Jane Dacre agrees, calling for the government to take stronger actions against the food and drink industry, introducing a pricing method that makes the strongest alcoholic drinks the most expensive.
Professor Dacre said: “Over the past 20-30 years, we have not been able to turn the tide of harmful drinking in the way we have been able to reduce the amount of smoking in the UK. At a national level we need the government to introduce national measures such as minimum unit pricing, and reduce the availability of alcohol, and restrict advertising and marketing.”
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The report suggests that 70-90% of obese people have a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Dacre follows on to say that the UK should stop relying on voluntary alcohol and food agreements to improve the situation; she thinks only legislation will make the difference that’s needed.
The chief executive of Alcohol Concern, Jackie Ballard said that the UK are losing the battle with liver disease and are being left behind by the rest of Europe.
Essential improvements are needed to spot people who are losing their battle with alcohol consumption. GPs are finding it hard to discover symptoms early, especially where the problem is most prevalent – in the poorer areas of the UK.