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Liver disease on the rise

24th February 2010

New figures have shown that the number of women aged 25 to 29 being treated for chronic liver disease has risen seven-fold over the past two decades.

The highest death rate for the disease was among people aged 30 to 39, with an almost five-fold increase since 1984 while rates of liver disease have trebled in Scotland since then. In most European countries, the rates are currently falling. One of the main causes of the rise is believed to be drinking trends with the disease largely down to alcohol abuse.

 

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