About the PSP

Alcohol-related liver disease encompasses a range of conditions including fatty liver, fibrosis, cirrhosis, portal hypertension and chronic liver failure, frequently accompanied by sudden episodes of acute of chronic cholestatic liver failure (termed alcoholic hepatitis).

"The number of people with alcohol related liver disease has been increasing over the last few decades: death rates have risen considerably in this time and alcohol is now one of the most common causes of death in the UK. So this is an important area for research. It’s vital that we bring together patients, carers and clinicians to decide jointly what the priorities for research are in this area, and the NIHR is pleased to support the James Lind Alliance in doing so."

Professor Dame Sally C. Davies FRS FMedSci, Chief Medical Officer

“We covered some very complex issues regarding alcohol related liver disease… Using the premise that everyone was an equal partner in this process meant that all views were acknowledged purposefully as we moved forward to agree our priorities. It wasn’t easy but it was very rewarding.  To listen and learn from each other whilst respecting each other’s knowledge and viewpoint was key to such a very successful day… This illness and its consequences, is without doubt one of the most serious issues of our time…” 

Dawn Pallant, who attended the priority setting workshop in September 2016