In her report, CMO Professor Dame Sally Davies brought together health data from across the UK and Europe to paint a comprehensive picture of the country’s health.
Local authorities and local health professionals will use this information to improve the health of people living in their communities.
The results of the report are, according to Dame Sally, ‘stark and worrying’ and point to the need for an immediate overhaul of British culture.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, she said: “We really have young people who are binge drinking and it is damaging their livers young. Particularly girls don’t realise our female livers do not tolerate alcohol as well as men’s livers do and we should drink significantly less than them.”
Liver disease is a major and rising problem in the UK. Between 600 and 700 liver transplants are carried out every year, and the burden of alcohol-related problems on the NHS is estimated to cost £3.5 billion a year.
The number of deaths caused by liver disease has risen by a fifth in the last decade. Now, 16 in every 100,000 deaths are caused by liver disease.
Across the rest of Europe, statistics show a significant drop in liver disease, suggesting that the British lifestyle is lagging behind in the health stakes.
The three major causes of liver disease are obesity, alcohol abuse and hepatitis infections, all of which Dame Sally thinks can be prevented with the right Government strategies put in place.
According to the report, 70% of all British adults have unhealthy habits, including drinking, smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise.
The Chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr Clare Gerada, said the report highlights risks we all understand, but which many of us ignore.
Many of us continue to binge drink, smoke, eat junk food and forgo exercise even though we know these habits could kill us.
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