21 February 2011
The huge impact that excessive alcohol consumption has on a person's health should not be underestimated, it has been claimed.
According to Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS), more than 60 life-changing diseases - including liver cirrhosis and heart disease - are linked to regular alcohol consumption.
Dr Evelyn Gillan, chief executive officer of AFS said that people in the UK need to start drinking less.
"What we need to look at is why we are drinking so much. Alcohol has become a part of our everyday lives and sadly alcohol misuse is affecting everyone, not just a small percentage of the population," she said.
Dr Gillan added that one of the core problems is that alcohol is available to the mass market at ridiculously low prices - which has helped to create a pro-alcohol environment.
Her comments come after research from Alcohol Concern, which showed that there are expected to be 1.5 million alcohol-related hospital admissions per year in five years time.
1 "Hospital admissions for alcohol due to rise to 1.5m per year by 2015". Alcohol Concern. Monday, February 14th 2011.
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