Full Report: Liver disease soars
The number of people admitted to hospital in the North East for alcohol-related liver problems has nearly doubled in the past ten years.
Most worrying, the campaign group Balance says there has been a sharp rise in admissions of people under thirty.
The figures mostly refer to alcoholics, but as Dan Ashby reports, even people who binge-drink once a week or more are putting themselves at risk.
You can watch his full report below.
Lunchtime report: Liver disease soars
The number of people admitted to hospital in the North East for alcohol-related liver problems has more than doubled in the past ten years.
The campaign group, Balance, has also reported a rise in the number of young adults being admitted.
You can watch the full report from this lunchtime from Dan Ashby below.
Liver disease rise in people under 30 years old
The number of 'under-thirties' being admitted to hospital for alcohol-related liver disease in the North East has risen by 400% in the last 10 years.
In 2003, 23 people were admitted. But this year, 115 'under-thirties' were admitted with liver problems.
Alcohol-related liver disease increasing in North East's young people
The number of young people admitted to hospital for alcohol-related liver disease has more than quadrupled in the North East in the last ten years.
This figure is the biggest increase of any region in the country.
115 people under 30 were admitted last year suffering from alcohol-related liver disease.
Liver specialists now say that the condition used to be extremely rare in young people.