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WARNING: Over 200,000 Britons could die prematurely from too much alcohol consumption

THOUSANDS OF Britons risk premature death as a result of drinking too much alcohol, doctors have warned.

Leading experts have said up to 210,000 people in England and Wales could suffer preventable deaths in the next 20 years such as liver disease, accidents, violence and suicide.

They could also risk chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease and cancer, according to the study in Lancet medical journal.

Sir Ian Gilmore, former president of the Royal College of Physicians and one of the lead authors of the research, said it was "entirely within the power of the UK government" to take steps to tackle Britain's drink problem and "prevent the worst-case scenario of avoidable deaths."

The warning comes after Prime Minister David Cameron promised to crack down on excessive drinking, calling it a "scandal" that costs NHS an estimated 2.7 billion pounds a year.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol, accounting for about 3.8 percent of all deaths worldwide.

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