Alcohol-related Liver Disease Special Interest Group

The Alcohol-related Liver Disease (ArLD) Special Interest Group (SIG)  has been established to address issues relatimg to the commonest cause of advanced liver disease in the United Kingdom.  Despite the frequency of ArLD, there are many inconsistencies and uncertainties regarding its management. The SIG will address early diagnosis, the natural history and management of ArLD with a view to quality improvement in patient care and coordination of effective clinical research. The group aims to bring clinical hepatology together with laboratory, addiction, primary care and public health specialists. The SIG lead is Dr Ashwin Dhanda of University Hospitals Plymouth. If anyone wishes to join the group please contact the BASL secretariat on . 


Annual reports
Annual report 2018-19 -  Download Annual report_2018-19_ARLD SIG.pdf.

1st meeting - 9 January 2019
Report - Download ArLD SIG Jan 2019_Report.pdf.

Presentation on alcohol treatment in ArLD, Colin Drummond, King’s College London - Download Alcohol treatment ARLD BASL 2018.pdf.

Presentation on biopsy in ArLD, Richard Parker, St James's Hospital, Leeds - Download Biopsy.pdf.

Presentation on hospital episode attribution to ArLD, Steve Hood, Aintree University Hospital - Download Hospital Episode attribution to ArLD.pdf

2nd meeting - 25 November 2019

Report -  Download ArLD SIG Meeting Report Nov19_FINAL.pdf.

National Service Evaluation

The effect of lockdown on patients with alcohol-related liver disease: a national service evaluation

Many people have been consuming more alcohol during lockdown, especially those with hazardous or harmful drinking behaviour. Anecdotal observations suggest an increase in the number and severity of admissions of patients with alcohol-related liver disease (ArLD) since lockdown was implemented with more patients presenting with advanced disease including variceal haemorrhage and alcoholic hepatitis. The ArLD Special Interest Group aims to perform a systematic national service evaluation of ArLD hospital episodes to determine whether the number of ArLD patients and the severity of their disease is different post-lockdown compared to a similar period in 2019. Working in collaboration with Public Health colleagues, this information will be combined with a national dataset to help us understand the effect of lockdown on our vulnerable patient group and to plan alcohol services at a local and national level.

We need your help to contribute data from your Trust. We are using a validated Excel-based tool to identify eligible patients and a simple Excel data collection tool. An evaluation lead and any other assistant (e.g. specialty trainee) at each participating centre will be recognised as co-authors in any publications that arise from this evaluation.

To register your interest in participating in this national service evaluation and to receive further details, please email me at .

Thank you for your support,
Dr Ashwin Dhanda, BASL ArLD SIG lead


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