‘Lack of clarity about the origin of liver disease’
In contrast to what is often thought of has a liver disease usually nothing to do with alcohol. About 80 percent of all liver disease has other causes such as an auto-immune disorder or heredity, interest groups for leverpatiënten Monday.
Still think of Dutch people, more than half of the diseases of the liver by too much alcohol consumption, according to a survey of more than a thousand people.
“Over the past thirty years we have often seen that leverpatiënten often the mark of an alcoholic. To a liver disease is often a taboo, that we want to break through,” says José Willemse, director of the Dutch Leverpatiënten Association (NLV).
According to her, get patients also regularly update the annotation of ‘alcoholic’ in their medical records. That has risks, for example insurance.
To the “stigma” to break, start the NLV therefore, this week a campaign that people are aware that liver diseases are often nothing to do with alcohol.