Rehabilitation may be needed by many sufferers of alcoholism in Scotland.
According to statistics from the Information Services Division Scotland (ISD), chronic liver disease, most likely resulting from excess alcohol consumption, has seen a sharp increase in men and women in Scotland over the past decade.
People aged between 30 and 39 saw the highest mortality rates from chronic liver disease, with almost five times as many people dying from the illness today than in the early 1980s.
Dr Rachel Seabrook, research manager at the Institute of Alcohol Studies, commented: "Liver disease is a problem which has been growing for years, and Scotland particularly has severe problems with alcohol even more so than other parts of the UK."
She added that adjusting people's attitudes towards alcohol through price increases could be one way of tackling the illness.
The Office for National Statistics recently revealed that alcohol-related deaths in males were continuing to increase across the UK with 9,031 people dying from drink problems in 2008.
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