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Facts About Liver Disease

We have compiled the most up to date essential facts and figures about the liver disease in the UK. Take a look at the key facts below and download 'The alarming impact of liver disease' report and Executive Summary for more information.

The Liver Disease Crisis

Liver disease is on the rise. Since 1970, deaths due to liver disease have increased by 400%.

Every day, over 40 people die from liver disease in the UK. This is in stark contrast to other major killer diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, in which the number of deaths have either remained stable
or decreased.



Shockingly, liver disease is the biggest cause of death in those aged between 35-49 years old..

Key facts

  • It is the only major cause of death, including heart disease and cancer, on the increase in the UK. It is expected to overtake heart disease as the biggest cause of premature death in the next few years.
  • 90% of liver disease is preventable yet three quarters of people are currently diagnosed at a late stage when it is too late for lifestyle changes or intervention
  • Alcohol-related liver disease accounts for 60% of all liver disease.
  • 5% adults in the UK have NASH, which is the more advanced form of NAFLD (non-alcohol related fatty liver disease) where the liver already has some scarring.
  • 180,000 people are chronically infected with hepatitis B and 215,000 are estimated to carry the hepatitis C virus.

Full Report: The Alarming Impact of Liver Disease in the UK

For all references and more detailed statistics on all types of liver disease,

please see the full report, The alarming impact of liver disease

You can also read the Executive Summary for more information.




What we are doing to change the statistics

The British Liver Trust is the leading UK charity for people with liver disease. We are transforming liver health through:

  • increasing awareness of liver disease
  • campaigning for earlier detection and better treatment
  • working in partnership to drive up standards of care and encourage more research
  • providing information and support to those affected