Shocking rise in liver disease in Scotland’s most deprived areas

There has been a shocking rise in liver disease in Scotland’s most deprived areas, official figures revealed today.

Latest ISD Scotland statistics show levels of the disease are six times higher and patients are more likely to die if they live in Scotland’s poorest areas.

In total, 821 people died from the illness last year with 587 of those deaths being in the most deprived areas.

Today’s report also reveals that those who live in a disadvantaged area are five times more likely to end up in hospital with the disease.

The data shows 80 per cent of liver disease deaths are the cause of alcohol consumption and mortality rates are more prevalent in males than females.

Despite recent improvements in consumption, the Scottish Conservatives are warning that the liver disease rate north of the border shows Scotland’s battle with alcohol is far from over.

Scottish Conservative health spokesman Jackson Carlaw said:

“The record number of liver disease deaths serves as a reminder that Scotland’s relationship with alcohol is deep-rooted and complex.

“Even with recent improvements in consumption, it will take years, if not decades, for this to be reflected in death rates.

“We cannot afford to be complacent, and we have to keep pushing the importance of responsible intake.

“Highlighting personal responsibility as part of that will be absolutely key – this is not something the NHS can do on its own.”