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Home liver test shows drink damage

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A new home finger prick blood test, which allows people to see the damage done to their liver by excessive drinking, was launched in the UK last week.

The LiverCheck test, previously only available in hospitals or clinics, is aimed at people who drink over the recommended alcohol limit of 14 units a week for women, and 21 units for men.

According to the manufacturers of the test, which works by measuring the levels of two enzymes that leak into the blood when the liver is damaged through excessive alcohol intake, it will help people to take responsibility for their health and seek medical help if necessary.

But Professor Humphrey Hodgson, spokesperson for the British Liver Trust, warned against relying too heavily on the results of the test. ‘The last thing we want is the promotion of a false sense of security which results in people drinking at hazardous and harmful levels,’ he said.’

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