Up to a quarter of a million people could die from alcohol abuse if Britain's drink problem carries on getting worse at the same rate. The U.K. has the 16th highest drinking level in the world and a recent report predicted that binge drinking would cost the U.K. £3.8bn by 2015 with 1.5m A&E admissions a year. Up to 30,000 people a year die of liver disease, the majority caused by alcohol abuse, and if rates continue to rise an extra 8,900 people per year could die over the next 20 years. In a letter to the Lancet a group of doctors call for tougher restrictions on the sale of, and more taxes on, alcohol.
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