The chief medical officer in England has warned of increasing number of deaths due to liver disease, caused by high levels of drinking and obesity.
According to statistics, liver disease has gone up among the under-65s by 20% in the past decade.
This can be attributed to heavy drinking and increasing obesity levels. The paradox is that liver disease which is highly preventable has risen by leaps and bounds due to poor control of the risks of liver disease.
The three major causes of liver disease - obesity, alcohol abuse and undiagnosed hepatitis infection, are preventable causes, yet not much is done towards finding a solution to the problem.
Investment in prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatment is need of the hour, according to experts.
"We need to ensure GPs have far more awareness of liver disease and can recognize lifestyles that might be changed and early symptoms of liver disease so that effective treatments can be started," experts said.