From various news sources
“Liver disease kills more people in the UK than diabetes and road deaths combined, claiming more than 16,000 lives in 2008. It is the only cause of death that is still increasing year-on-year. Numbers of liver disease deaths have increased by 12% since 2005. Last year around 644 liver transplants from deceased donors were carried out in the UK. A total of 1,121 patients were on the liver transplant waiting list during 2007-08. Of these, 58% received transplants while 25% were still waiting for a new liver by the end of March 2008.” These statistics, quoted from the Daily Telegraph (UK) make for grim reading.