The Glasgow Centre for Population Health ask whether Scotland is Still “The Sick Man of Europe”?, and broadly the answer seems to be yes.
The analysis is focused on adult deaths and has this to say about rates of liver disease:
From the 1970s onward, mortality for both sexes increased significantly and by 2000 male mortality was six times the rate it had been in 1950 while female mortality was five times the rate. The steepest rise in mortality happened in a relatively short 10-11 year period from 1992, when male mortality nearly trebled and female mortality rates doubled.
The report points out that recent years have seen significant improvements with male mortality dropping by 21% between 2002 and 2010, while for women mortality had reduced by 27% from a peak in 2006.
So in 2010, 613 men and 286 women (aged 15-74) died from liver disease across Scotland.
But the point of the report is to provide some European context to these figures and what the authors point out is that by 1998 Scottish women were proportionally more likely to die of liver disease than any other woman in Western Europe a position that Scottish men reached in 2001. Since then men have moved down the ranking slightly while women remain at the top of the rankings.
Below is a graph showing the difference between men dying from chronic liver disease in Scotland compared to England & Wales and Northern Ireland.