Alcoholism: 'I started drinking at 13'
1 August 2011 Last updated at 08:04 BST
Alcoholic liver disease in the under 30s has risen by half in the past 10 years according to official figures.
Doctors are warning of the growing impact of alcohol on young people's health after the findings show a quarter of the population drinks too much.
The BBC's Panorama filmed Victoria White, critically ill from drinking a bottle of brandy a day.
Now out of hospital, 35-year-old Vicky and her mother Debbie told the BBC's Charlie Stayt about her battle with alcoholism, which began at the age of 13.
Panorama: Dying for a Drink, BBC One, Monday, 1 August at 2030 BST