A finding shows young adults are drinking themselves to death by causing irreversible damage to their livers.
Researchers say that deaths due to cirrhosis – or damage that leads to scarring of the liver or liver failure – increased.
The team, from the University of Michigan Medicine, were shocked to find that the biggest increase was among 25-to-34-year-olds.
Rising 10% every year – an overall 240 percent increase.
Cirrhosis is a chronic liver disease that can involve the loss of liver cells or permanent scarring of the organ.
When healthy liver tissue is lost and replaced with scar tissue, it can block blood flow to the liver.
Alcohol is not the only way that cirrhosis occurs. Infection from hepatitis B or C can also cause the disease.
Early symptoms include poor appetite, fatigue and feeling weak. As the condition worsens, symptoms can include fever, vomiting, bruising and bleeding easily, and jaundice or yellowing of the skin.
They found that between 1999 and 2016, the number of annual deaths from cirrhosis increased by 65%.
Both Dr Tapper and Dr Parikh-the researchers,according to Mail Online, say;
Deaths due to alcohol-related disease can be prevented on multiple fronts.
Strategies include raising the minimum prices for alcohol as well as certain taxes to hopefully dissuade binge drinking.
As well as medical interventions such as medications that reduce alcohol cravings.