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FACT #11

Did you know Europe has the highest alcohol consumption in the world?

Europe has the highest level of alcohol consumption in the world, which, together with ultra-processed food consumption and high prevalence of obesity, are the major drivers of liver-related morbidity and mortality. The evidence linking liver-related mortality and population-level alcohol consumption sends a crucial message for disease prevention: alcohol-related cirrhosis is a dose-related condition at the population level, and the most effectual and cost-effective means to reduce mortality rates from alcohol-related liver disease are interventions that reduce population-level alcohol consumption. Models of alcohol-associated liver related illness, including liver cancer (hepatocellular cancer or HCC) and death, may underestimate the incidence of alcohol-association because of under-reporting.

Show me the science

European Association for the Study of the Liver, citing

Tom H Karlsen et al. The EASL–Lancet Liver Commission: protecting the next generation of Europeans against liver disease complications and premature mortality. The Lancet 2022; Vol 399 (January 1): 65-116

Daniel Q Huang et al. Global epidemiology of alcohol-associated cirrhosis and HCC trends, projections, and risk factors. Gastroenterology and Hepatology Review; 1-4

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