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Epidemiology of alcoholic liver disease in Denmark 2006-2011: a population-based study

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AIMS: To describe incidence, prevalence, hospitalization rates and survival for alcoholic liver disease (ALD) in Denmark 2006-2011.

METHODS: Using nationwide healthcare registries we identified all Danish residents with a hospital diagnosis of ALD and computed standardized incidence, prevalence, and hospitalization rates in 2006-2011, age- and birth cohort-specific incidence for the 1930-1974 birth cohorts, and 1- and 5-year survival.

RESULTS: In 2006-2011, the overall standardized ALD incidence decreased from 343 to 311 per 1,000,000 population per year. ALD incidence increased among women aged 65 years or older, but decreased in younger persons and men. Persons born in 1950-1959 had higher age-specific incidence than earlier and later birth cohorts. The prevalence (0.2% of the Danish adult population) and hospitalization rate were constant. The 1- and 5-year survival were 43 and 70%, respectively.

CONCLUSION: In Denmark, persons born in 1950-1959 have had the highest age-specific incidence. The overall ALD incidence has been decreasing (along with per capita consumption). Despite increases in affordability during the study period, Denmark did not experience the increase in ALD seen, for example, in the UK. It is possible that this is due to the greater impact of government recommendations on safer drinking in Denmark than the UK.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAlcohol and Alcoholism
Volume50
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)352-7
Number of pages6
ISSN0735-0414
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Publication statusPublished - May 2015

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  • Adult, Age Distribution, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Denmark, Fatty Liver, Alcoholic, Female, Hepatitis, Alcoholic, Hospitalization, Humans, Incidence, Liver Cirrhosis, Alcoholic, Liver Diseases, Alcoholic, Male, Middle Aged, Prevalence, Registries, Sex Distribution

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