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Which drinker is most at risk of getting liver disease?

Liver disease is now the fifth biggest killer in the UK — with the number of people dying from it rising by 20 per cent over the past decade. However, there are often no warning signs until it is far advanced, so many of us could have the potentially fatal condition without even realising it.

Indeed, when the British Liver Trust recently offered members of the public on-the-spot screening, one in four people tested showed signs of early scarring.

‘Most people die of liver disease after just their first or second admission to hospital for it, as they have not realised they were suffering with it — and their condition will be so far advanced. By the time they are seen, it is too late,’ says Dr Martin Prince, consultant hepatologist at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

These people took a test using FibroScan, a device that measures the stiffness of the liver. The technique is similar to ultrasound

These people took a test using FibroScan, a device that measures the stiffness of the liver. The technique is similar to ultrasound

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