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New report shows increase in liver disease deaths

More than 800 people in Wales died from liver disease in the last five years - an increase of almost 20%.

The number of deaths related to alcohol has stabilised after significant rises in the last decade according to a Welsh Government report. Credit: PA
Alcohol-related disease accounts for a third of liver disease deaths

The Government's Annual Statement of Progress for Liver Disease found that 40% of adults reported drinking above the guidelines on at least one day a week.

It also showed that 59% of adults are overweight and obese.

The most common causes of liver disease in the UK are down to lifestyle factors including obesity, excess alcohol consumption and blood borne viral hepatitis.

Underlying causes of liver disease have also been linked to social deprivation and can affect the poorest communities.

However the report did find the number of deaths related to alcohol has stabilised after an increase in the last decade.

Alcohol related deaths went from 504 in 2012 to 463 in 2015.

29 deaths a week in Wales are wholly or partly attributable to alcohol.

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething praised the report's alcohol findings but said that improvements must continue.

In Wales, we want to reduce the number of people getting and dying from liver disease. We want to ensure people - whatever their age - value good liver health, and are aware of the dangers of excess alcohol, obesity and blood borne viral hepatitis.

We want everyone to take personal responsibility for their lifestyle choices and reduce the risk of acquiring preventable liver disease.

– Vaughan Gething, Health Secretary