The United States Witnesses Significant Rise in Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

The United States Witnesses Significant Rise in Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

In the United States, people are expected to have a shorter life expectancy as compared to other developed countries. It has become a serious matter of concern, as some years ago the condition was much better. A rise in drinking-related liver diseases has played a significant role in people living a shorter life in the US. Scientists have analyzed the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reach the depth of the crisis state. The experts have found out that alcohol linked aliments have shot up to its highest level since 1999. It has been rising since 2006 among every racial, ethnic, and age group. Alcohol consumption in combination with other liver abnormalities has out people’s lives at risk in the United States, said Dr. Andrew Moon from the University of North Carolina.

Researchers have observed the death rate in people above the age of 25 years since 1997. They found out that there have been the highest rates of death in 2007 due to alcohol-linked liver disease (ALD). The death rates have increased at 13.1 per 1-lac in men and 5.6 per 1-lac in women. The ALD mortality rate was at 10.6 per 1-lac in men and 3.3 per 1-lac women in 1999.  The team of experts said that an increase in alcohol-related liver disease has been prevalent in middle-aged adults. Alcohol-induced liver ailments have majorly affected Native Americans and non-Hispanic whites.

There has been an absolute increase in death rates among Native American Women. Scientists have said that it can lead to an alarming situation in the community.  People in the age group of 56 to 64 years have seen the highest death rate among all the age groups. As per the report, rural areas have shown greater mortality rates than urban areas. Researchers have claimed that Non-Hispanic black men are the only community, which has not experienced a rising death rate due to alcohol-related liver disease. Experts have asserted that men who consume more than two drinks in a day are at risk of collecting fat in their liver, at the same time women who take more than one drink in a day are also at the risk of being diagnosed with liver problems.  Binge drinking can cause alcoholic hepatitis as well, which can lead to organ failure or death at times. Abstinence from alcohol can be an important treatment for these conditions, said Dr. Moon. The report has been published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.