Tuesday, March 21, 2006

UK young women risking Liver disease by "out-drinking men"

Young women are out-drinking men of the same age in the UK but in no other European country, experts are warning.

Analysis of a Europe-wide study also shows that alcohol consumption in southern Mediterranean countries is falling, but rising in northern Europe.

Liver disease is now seen in younger people, Professor Moira Plant of the University of Western England said.

She will tell a nursing conference on Thursday that alcohol is cheaper and more available than ever before.

Professor Plant, a specialist in alcohol studies, warned that if young women in Britain continued to drink in this way, that they could present problems for the health service in the future.
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