Young adults ‘drinking themselves to death,’ as alcohol-related liver disease deaths rise

Alcohol is all around us. We have alcohol in almost all phases of our lives. We have it when we are happy, sad, or even angry. This is no wonder why so many people are addicted to it. However, many people, even experts suggest that alcohol can actually be good for us given that it is consumed in moderation. For those who are drinking moderately, well then and good.

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On the other hand, so many others especially young adults excessively consume alcohol which lead them to suffer alcohol-related diseases which eventually leads to death. The number of people suffering from liver damage as a result of alcohol is greatly increasing. With this, there is really a need for more alcohol rehab centers to help these young adults get out of addiction and live a healthier life.

WASHINGTON — New data suggest young adults are drinking themselves to death, and Maryland is the only state in which the cirrhosis mortality rate is improving.

According to data published in the journal BMJ, deaths from cirrhosis — the late stages of liver damage — jumped by 65 percent between 1999 and 2016. The biggest group of victims were people between the ages of 25 and 34 and the major cause was alcohol.

Cirrhosis can be caused by a virus like hepatitis C or fatty liver disease, and as liver specialists have made strides in fighting hepatitis C, “We thought we would see improvements, but these data make it clear: even after hepatitis C, we will still have our work cut out for us,” said liver specialist Dr. Elliot B. Tapper.

According to the data, cirrhosis deaths began increasing in 2009 and Tapper suggests a connection between “increased alcohol consumption and unemployment associated with the global financial crisis.”

The research also showed that fewer Asian and Pacific Islanders died of liver cancer, and among the states that were hit with the most cirrhosis deaths were Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas and New Mexico.

Neehar Parikh, co-author of the study, said deaths due to alcohol-related liver disease are preventable and suggested alcohol taxes and less alcohol marketing as possible strategies to reduce such deaths.

“The rapid rise in liver deaths underscores gaps in care and opportunities for prevention,” said Parikh…

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