Liver disease

Liver disease covers a range of conditions including alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and hepatitis. Most liver disease is preventable, with estimates suggesting over 90% of deaths are due to three risk factors: alcohol misuse, viral hepatitis and obesity, all of which are amenable to public health intervention.

Public Health England publishes Liver Disease Profiles which contain indicators for upper and lower tier local authorities in England on mortality, hospitalisation and risk factors.

Key findings

All rates are directly standardised and are per 100,000 of the population for the age group stated.

  • Between 2016-2018, there were 788 premature deaths (all persons under-75) from liver disease in the Lancashire-12 area: 488 (61.9%) males and 300 (38.1%) females.
  • The premature mortality rate from liver disease for all persons in the Lancashire-12 area (23.8) is significantly higher compared to England (18.5). Blackpool (45.1) and Blackburn with Darwen (31.1) are also significantly higher. 
  • At a district level, Hyndburn (30.0), Rossendale (28.4), Burnley (27.7), Preston (27.0), Lancaster (26.6), Pendle (25.4) and South Ribble (25.0) are all significantly higher than England, while the remaining districts are similar (2016-18).
  • The rate of premature mortality (all persons under-75) from alcoholic liver disease in Lancashire-12 (11.8) is significantly higher than England (8.9). Blackpool (25.4) and Blackburn with Darwen (14.5) are also significantly higher (2016-18).
  • Premature mortality from alcoholic liver disease for males is significantly higher in Lancashire-12 (14.7), Blackpool (31.4) and Blackburn with Darwen (19.6) when compared to England (11.9).
  • For females the rates in Lancashire-12 (9.1)and Blackpool (19.3) are also significantly higher than England (6.1). Blackburn with Darwen (9.4) is similar.
  • In 2018/19 there were 1,880 hospital admissions due to liver disease (all persons) in Lancashire-12, giving the area a rate of 153.0, significantly higher than England (138.3). Blackpool's rate (223.2) is also significantly higher, while Blackburn with Darwen (158.0) is similar to England. 

For county and unitary data and further information please see below. 

 Page updated May 2020