BBC News visited Liverpool’s Royal Hospital where they spoke to Victoria White, a young women who had been drinking since her teenage years and was now hospitalised after her bottle of brandy per day habit resulted in the development of liver disease.
Unfortunately doctors at the hospital say that Victorias case is all too familiar with her doctor, liver specialist Paul Richardson revealing that his colleagues frequently see similar cases of irrepareable damage.
“Both locally and nationally, people who work in hepatology have noticed an increase in alcoholic liver disease in a younger population,” he said.
Despite overall alcohol consumption falling, the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions have seen a 50% increase in the past decade alone with more than one million admissions in 2010.
Liver disease is a growing health concern in the UK and in a bid to stop figures from escalating any further the coalition want to develop a ”drinking strategy” with input from both the health lobby and the drinks industry.
Though all parties are keen to limit alcohol abuse, certain health groups such as the British Medical Association decided to withdraw from the consultation process citing the influence of the drinks industry on the policy making as the reason.
The government’s report detailing a strategy for tackling problem drinking is expected to be released later this year.
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BBC One’s Panorama is to investigate the growing issue of alcohol related liver disease in the young in this weeks Panorama: Dying For A Drink. The programme will air on Monday 1 August at 20.30 BST.
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