A REVIEW of a sample of patients who died at Barnsley Hospital over a four-month period found that most died from alcoholic liver disease.

Of the 101 patients reviewed at Barnsley Hospital between October and January, alcoholic liver disease was the largest single cause of death in the 30-69 age bracket.

The audit also found there was a high death rate in younger patients with decompensated liver failure.

Dr Kapil Kapur, a consultant gastroenterologist at Barnsley Hospital, said alcoholic liver disease was a growing problem.

"Over the years I have seen in my clinical experience more young women with alcohol-related issues coming to hospital," he said. "Alcohol is a problem across all ages but we're seeing increased problems in people in their 40s, 50s and 60s."

The number of deaths from alcoholic liver disease in Barnsley is however the lowest in South Yorkshire.

Figures show that between 2010-2012, there were 24 deaths related to alcoholic liver disease.

Of the 24 deaths, 14 were male and ten were female.

Nationally, liver disease is the fifth biggest killer after heart disease and cancer.