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Foundation for Liver Research Public Polling

Survey of British adults on alcohol consumption and measuring understanding of the causes for liver disease.

  • Nine in ten (89%) British adults correctly identify drinking harmful levels of alcohol as one of the main causes of liver disease.
  • Two in five (40%) rightly identify obesity as one of the main causes, and over a third (35%) say the same about contracting viral hepatitis.
  • However, only one in ten (11%) can correctly identify all three of these as the main causes of liver disease.
  • Nine in ten (91%) British adults say that obesity is a serious problem in the UK for population health, while just 6% say that it is not a serious problem.
  • British adults are most divided on whether the statement ‘obesity, in isolation, is not a key cause of cancer’ is true or false, with 51% mistakenly thinking it is true.

Date Published: 10/10/2019

Categories: GB | Health | Public and communities | Social

Client: Foundation for Liver Research (endorsed by the Lancet Commission on Liver Disease)


ComRes interviewed 2,016 British adults aged 18+ online between 24th and 27th May 2019. Data were weighted to be nationally representative of all British adults by key demographics including age, gender, region and socio-economic grade. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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