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Alcoholism to blame for 'liver disease crisis'

THE number of people being admitted to hospitals in England with liver problems as a result of alcoholism is rising dramatically, figures suggest.

In the past three years, the number of hospital admissions for patients with alcoholic liver disease has risen by about 1,000 a year.

The figures, which came to light after a parliamentary question by Labour's shadow public health minister Diane Abbott, show that there were 14,886 admissions in hospitals in England in 2009/10, 15,858 in 2010/11 and 16,865 during 2011/12.

In 2012, there were 197 livers donated to patients with alcoholic liver disease compared to 146 in 2009.

Ms Abbott said that there was a "liver disease crisis" and called for the government to develop a "comprehensive" alcohol strategy.

"These figures show what a disaster David Cameron's apparent U-turn on minimum pricing is," she said.

Irish Independent