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Morley, Katherine and Lynskey, Michael T and Toti, Giulia and Singh, Pia and Kalk, Nicola J and Getty, Carol Ann and Hines, Lindsey A and Fincham-Campbell, Stephanie (2018) Liver disease risk factors in patients treated for alcohol and drug dependence. London: Alcohol research UK.

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Key findings
• Many patients in treatment for alcohol and drug dependence have modifiable risk factors for liver disease; over half engage in hazardous alcohol use, and approximately a quarter have injected drugs, with a similar percentage having hepatitis C.
• Clinical staff view the major obstacles to treatment for liver disease risk factors as low client prioritisation of overall health and lack of understanding of the consequences of viral infections and alcohol use.
• Staff also view clients’ unstable living situations and poor mental health as obstacles to treatment.


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