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Liver disease resulting from binge drinking could become big killer
The survey, commissioned by the London Clinic in Harley Street, shows that 48 per cent of those in the 18 to 24 age group were between the ages of 13 and 15 when they first got drunk, while 6 per cent were aged under 12.
It also found that 14 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women drink every day and 6 per cent of men drink more than a week’s recommended alcohol intake in one night.
Deaths from cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcohol abuse have doubled in the past 10 years and the condition in young people has increased eight-fold. Cirrhosis is killing more women than cervical cancer and more men than Parkinson’s disease.
Professor Roger Williams, director of the London Clinic Liver Centre, said: “Particularly worrying is the early age at which young people are starting to drink.”
His colleague, Professor Max Malago, a liver surgeon, added: “If current trends continue, Britain faces an epidemic of liver disease that threatens to eclipse that of diseases like breast cancer. Binge-drinking is a key culprit but it’s not the only one. Diet is also partly to blame.”
The survey, of 1,038 people, also highlighted what it describes is “an ignorance” of liver disease among drinkers. It says 71 per cent of men and 78 per cent of women think that regular drinking only presents a low risk of liver disease.
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