Liver problems for young adults on the rise

Feb 01, 2012

Alcohol may be sending more young people to the hospital and getting them sick, reports show.

While many younger people may think they are invincible, new figures from the U.K.'s National Health Service shows that more young adults have been brought to the hospital for drinking too much. Excessive drinking can cause disease and even death. Young adults may be able to protect their health and their futures by reassessing their consumption choices and securing a life insurance policy.

The NHS said 25 to 29-year-olds have seen the biggest increase in hospital admissions for liver disease: men saw a 60 percent rise and women saw an 88 percent rise from 2003 to 2010. The 30 to 34-year-old age group also saw a big rise: 56 percent for men and 68 percent for women.

"The earlier the age at which [people] drink, and the more they drink, the greater the chance of developing serious liver disease in adult life," said Dr. Chris Record, a liver specialist at Newcastle University. "Many patients are now presenting with terminal liver disease in their late 20s and early 30s."

Record said the problem is only set to get worse, so young adults may want to evaluate their drinking habits and speak with a physician if they are concerned about their health. 

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