Figures from the NHS have revealed that over the last ten years, the number of deaths related to liver disease have risen by 25% and are now at a record high.
The numbers of people who died from liver disease in 2001 was 9,231. This rose to 11,575 by 2009. Experts indicate that the leading causes of liver disease are largely preventable and are calling for more to be done to address the problem.
The rise in deaths from liver disease have been attributed to heavy drinking, obesity and hepatitis.
A breakdown in the figures also shows that people in the North West and North East of England had the highest rate of death from liver disease, whilst people in the East and South West had the lowest.
Furthermore, the figures also showed that the majority of deaths from liver disease occurred in people under the age of 70. The condition accounts for approximately a tenth of all deaths in people in their 40s, whilst there has also been significant rises in liver disease in younger people.
The condition also appears to have caused more deaths in men than women.
A spokesperson from the Department of Health said: “These figures are a stark reminder of the preventable damage that eating too much and drinking too much alcohol can do. Urgent action is needed to halt this trend. Our upcoming liver strategy will set out our plans on this issue, drawing on our plans to tackle problem drinking and obesity.”