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2018 | Topic: Metabolism, alcohol and toxicity

Management of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

The harmful use of alcohol has been estimated to cause approximately 3.3 million deaths every year. Most importantly, this corresponds to nearly 6% of all deaths globally. Therefore, the effective treatment and Management of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease is a pertinent public health issue.  In conclusion, the following  EASL Clinical Practice Guideline reviews and provides the latest data on the treatment and Management of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease and updates recommendations for clinical management.

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According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2014 report on noncommunicable diseases, harmful use of alcohol causes approximately 3.3 million deaths every year.  Above all, this corresponds to 5.9% of all the worldwide deaths. Furthermore, 139 million disability-adjusted life years, or 5.1% of the global burden of disease and injury, were attributable to alcohol consumption. The proportion of global deaths attributable to alcohol differs based on gender.  7.6% of deaths among males and 4.0% of deaths among females are attributable to alcohol. Most importantly, alcohol-related morbidity and mortality has a wide geographical variation. The highest alcohol-attributable fractions are reported in the WHO European Region.

Alcohol consumption

Within each country there is an excellent correlation between the level of alcohol consumption and the  prevalence of alcohol-related harm. In fact, mean alcohol consumption in the World is 6.2 litres of pure alcohol per person per year. The consumption in Europe is 10.9 litres/year. Most importantly, according to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report 2017, alcohol consumption in the OECD countries, averaged nine liters of pure alcohol per person per year.

Download the EASL Guideline for Management of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease as PDF or as PPT Slide Deck from the right of your screen.

Read more about Management of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease in the Journal of Hepatology. Also, discover the latest EASL news.
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