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Liver disease in young rises more than 50%

25th January 2011

Figures collected by the health service have revealed that the number of young people diagnosed with liver disease has increased by more than 50% since 2000/01.

The data showed that the number of people aged under 20 who were admitted to hospital with alcohol-related liver disease in 2009/10 was 351, compared to 230 in 2000/01. Dr Jonathan Mitchell, a specialist, said those who dealt with people with alcohol issues would view the information as "a gross underestimate". He added that the issue was likely to be more serious than the data suggested.


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