Liver disease in numbers – key facts and statistics

Liver disease is a silent killer and it’s on the increase

In the UK there are more than 10,000 deaths due to liver disease each year 1. That’s more than 27 deaths a day. There has been a four-fold increase in death rates over the last 50 years 2.

2021 deaths from liver disease across the UK and for each nation 1

  • In England there were 9,475 deaths
  • In Northern Ireland there were 293 deaths
  • In Scotland there were 984 deaths
  • In Wales there were 696 deaths
  • UK wide there were 11,488 deaths

Liver disease is closely linked with inequality and deprivation. In both England and Scotland, premature deaths from liver disease are 4 times higher in the most deprived areas compared with the most affluent 3.