The number of hospital admissions for people under 30 with alcoholic liver disease has increased by 400 per cent in the North East, experts have warned.
Compared to an overall increase of 117 per cent across the UK, health consultants say the figure is "extremely worrying".
Research by Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, has shown that 115 people under the age of 30 were admitted to hospital for alcoholic liver disease last year, compared to 23 ten years ago.
Dr Steven Masson, Freeman Hospitals Liver Transplant Unit, said: "We need to ensure that people are aware of the dangers. The earlier the age at which people drink, and the more they drink, the greater the chance of developing terminal liver disease in adult life."