Change in drinking habits increasing cirrhosis deaths

Researchers analysed rates of liver disease mortality between 1935 and 2006 in relation to alcohol consumption trends. They found overall that an increase in per capita imbibing was associated with an increase in deaths due to cirrhosis.

Spirits consumption was a strong predictor of liver disease mortality up to the mid-1970s, but this was then overtaken by beer. Wine showed only a weak association.

The shift in the type of alcohol driving liver disease suggests a role for alcohol pricing in