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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Medical experts warn of "tipping point" in prevantable alcohol deaths

A new comment in The Lancet outlines the opinions of leaders in the medical field that England and Wales are approaching a "tipping point" in the level of alcohol-related deaths.

Professor Iain Gilmore, former president of the Royal College of Physicians, and Dr Nick Sheron, from the National Institute of Health Research, together with members of the British Society of Gastroenterologists, set out a "worst case scenario" of up to 210,000 preventable deaths over the next 20 years.

The projected figures include a possible 70,000 deaths from liver disease. With an estimated £2.7bn cost to the NHS from alcohol related harm, the comments by Professor Gilmore and his associates come swiftly after the British Liver Trust described deaths from liver disease as the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every 17 days. > > > > Read More