In an interview with WJZ, Dr. Thomas Faust, a liver specialist at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, …
Liver disease deaths are on the rise and doctors
say alcohol is to blame.
A new study shows more young adults are impacted
due to excessive drinking.
Tracey Leong has more on this troubling trend.
Millennials are drinking themselves to death,
according to a recent medical journal report.
It's the peer pressure, it's the job pressure,
there is a significant rise in alcohol-related
issues after 2008 when there was a recession.
Between 1999 and 2016, researchers say deaths
from cirrhosis, an alcohol-related liver disease,
increased by 65 percent.
People 25 to 34 saw the biggest spike overall.
I was an alcoholic at a very young age.
And I started drugs at a very young age as
well.
So between the two, it attacked my liver.
57-year-old Janet Kisamore is currently enrolled
in a program at Franklin Square Hospital to
treat patients with liver disease.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Dr.
Thomas Faust is in charge of this clinic.
The patient can talk to members of the transplant
team at Georgetown, including a surgeon, social
worker, dietitian, financial counselor, and
transplant coordinator.
And then we present these patients to our
committee at Georgetown and get them listed.
Georgetown is one of the biggest liver transplant
programs in the region.
Dr. Faust says the dramatic surge in cirrhosis
deaths highlights the importance of disease
prevention and the need for further research.
You really make me a much happier person,
knowing that they're there for me when needed.
And for those who need it, the help is there.
The study also found that deaths from cirrhosis
were highest in western and southern states,
but here in Maryland, it was the only state
to see a decrease.
Reporting in Baltimore, Tracey Leong for WJZ.

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