Data from the Health Protection Agency suggests around 4,200 people could need a transplant owing to serious damage to their liver, with many unaware they have the condition at present.
Ah, yes! It's that "pandemic of binge-drinking" the doctors are on about isn't it?
It would seem not...
Experts estimate around 216,000 people in the UK are living with chronic hepatitis C, many of whom are currently undiagnosed. People can catch the disease through contact with the blood - and less commonly the bodily fluids - of an infected person.
Those who share needles and use unsterile drugs equipment are particularly at risk, although people who had a blood transfusion before 1991 or received blood products before 1986 have a higher chance, as well as those having treatments abroad.
Sharing toothbrushes, razors and scissors also heightens the risk, as does having tattoos.
So not just the drink then?