Another high profile report from liver specialists about the harm excessive drinking can cause to the liver BBC Scandal of liver disease March 2014
There’s a parallel here between what is happening with alcohol, and what happened with cigarettes. It was only once lung specialists and oncologists started flagging up the dangers of smoking that the harm caused by cigarettes was taken seriously by both government and by the general public. The direct link between cigarettes and lung diseases is very clear. Currently liver specialists are doing for alcohol what lung specialists did for cigarettes – highlighting the physical health risks. There are, of course, other risks caused by both alcohol and cigarettes, but the health risks are in the easiest for some to recognise and accept. They are less controversial than, say, mental health issues associated with alcohol, or high rates of domestic violence.