Deaths from liver disease are increasing in England. This is in contrast to other major causes of death which have been declining, and in contrast to most other European countries where liver disease deaths are falling.
Liver disease is a major cause of premature mortality. Almost two-thirds (64%) of deaths in England from chronic liver disease are people aged between 35 and 64 years. It is a disease of inequality, with wide variation in death rates between local authorities in England, and higher death rates in deprived compared to more affluent areas. Death rates are higher among men compared to women.
Most liver disease is preventable. Over 90% of deaths are due to three risk factors which are amenable to public health intervention: alcohol, viral hepatitis and obesity.
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.
(Note: all rates are age standardised per 100,000 of the population)
Hospital admissions due to liver disease (XLSX 331 KB)
Under 75 mortality from liver disease (XLSX 32 KB)
Page updated November 2017