- Even though alcohol-related liver disease takes 10 years to develop, ~1/3 of patients die from recent drinking. Thus, an effective intervention could save ~1,500 lives per year (based on 2012 England-Wales data).
- The overall mortality rate for liver disease is ~70%. Also, in terms of sheer numbers, it accounts for more years of life lost than lung, breast, cervical, ovarian and prostate cancer combined.
- We are no better at saving lives in people who have liver disease today than we were 20 years ago.
These figures are appalling, and Dr Sheron has called for the government to stop ignoring the issue and take action.