The Member of the Senedd for Vale of Clwyd, Gareth Davies is urging people to have a think about the health of their livers in conjunction with the British Liver Trust's "Love your Liver" campaign.
The British Liver Trust are currently undertaking a roadshow around Wales and the UK to promote "Love your Liver" which supports the early diagnosis of liver disease which has risen by an alarming 400% since the 1970's with the main contributory factors being excessive alcohol consumption and poor lifestyle choices.
Mr Davies recently met with the British Liver Trust when they visited the Senedd in Cardiff and undertook a questionnaire and liver scan as part of the exercise.
Speaking after the meeting and liver scan Mr Davies said, "I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the British Liver Trust to learn more about this vital organ in the body and the role it plays in repelling toxins out of the system and protecting us from harmful bacteria's. The simple fact of the matter is that we can't live without our liver so it's vital we look after this vital part of our body and reduce the risks of harming our livers through reducing our alcohol intake, engaging in more exercise and a more healthy diet."
Mr Davies went onto say, "I'm no hypocrite and I make no secret of the fact that I enjoy a drink myself now and again, and I've vastly changed my drinking habits in recent years for many reasons, but mainly because I want to reduce the risk of harming my liver and try my best to avoid complications in later years. I'd urge everyone to take part in the British Liver Trusts questionnaire or visit their GP or Health Professional if anyone thinks their liver maybe at risk."
The questionnaire can be accessed via the British Liver Trust's website.