Southend West MP raises issue of alcohol abuse in Adjournment debate

Before the Whitsun recess, a customary adjournment debate took place in the House of Commons.

Sir David used the opportunity to raise awareness of liver disease and alcohol abuse. In his capacity of Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Liver Health, Sir David said:

‘The House of Commons is sometimes parodied as a place where one can get alcohol in abundance. I recently chaired a meeting of the all-party group on liver health at which we were given some shocking figures. We were delighted to learn that the steps that have been taken relating to hepatitis C and alcohol are now beings looked at seriously, but I wonder how many colleagues realise that the most common cause of liver disease in England is a person having had too much drink. One person dies every two hours because of alcoholic liver disease—it kills more people than diabetes and road deaths combined. This under-reported problem costs the national health service £3.5 billion a year. There are so many ways to address the problem. The issue of alcohol labelling needs to be looked at again, as does pricing and NHS support.’

As part of this valuable campaign, the APPG will be hosting a Parliamentary drop-in event to brief fellow Parliamentarians and allow them to have their liver tested.