Cirrhosis: Phil’s story | NHS

Cirrhosis: Phil’s story | NHS

I used to quite often after work
just pop in the pub, have a couple of pints
before I went home. I wasn’t a heavy drinker. Yes, I mean, I drank more
than my parents or my partner. But I didn’t drink as much
as a lot of my friends. I was relatively aware
of what a unit of alcohol was. But you tend to push it to the back
of your mind to a certain degree because most of us do something in life
we know isn’t good for us. I think you tend to lie to yourself
a little bit about what you’re doing. I was getting some pain
underneath my ribs. I was aware that the liver
would be affected by alcohol but just getting pains, sitting
at your desk or leaning forward. I was trying to kid myself it was trapped wind or hiatus hernia
or something, without looking at the obvious thing
that it was probably alcohol related and my liver was starting to swell. The day that I became ill to the point that I knew there was
something seriously wrong with me, it was a Monday evening,
and I went to the toilet and had diarrhoea that was of a colour
that suggested there was blood in it and then vomiting copious amounts
of fresh blood which wasn’t a pretty sight, obviously. At that point, I knew then that
there was something seriously wrong. Because my blood
was very toxic in effect to my brain, things became very blurred,
and from that evening, I don’t recall anything until waking up
in intensive care five weeks later. It was explained to me
that I’d very nearly died. My parents and partner had been told
that it was likely I was going to die. So I was very, very lucky. I had no concept at all
of what liver disease would do to me. I was aware there was a such a thing
as cirrhosis of the liver. I didn’t know it meant I’d have all these after effects
that I’m still suffering from. I’m more prone to cancer of the liver
now because of my illness. I may well, down the line,
need a liver transplant which is a massive operation. It is something I wouldn’t wish
anybody to go through.


  • kingduckford says:

    You are purposely understating his drinking in an attempt to assault drinking in general, rather then abusive drinking. More attempts to control behaviour absolutely, better make sure we bring about prohibition to make the populace more productive.

  • Matt Stocks says:

    a couple of pints after work isnt enough to cause cirrhosis. cirrhosis is usually found in those who dont give their liver anytime to repair in between drinking sessions and are usually all day drinkers

  • sbkpilot11 says:

    Actually 2 pints is 32 US fl. ounces or 2.8 beers… 4 drinks a day for men with a maximum of 14 a week does not have adverse effects on health. 2 pints a day is within daily safe limits and a bit over the weekly limit but nowhere near enough alcohol to cause liver damage… so it seems to me this guy is underestimating how much he drank.

  • Matt Stocks says:

    Alot of people lie about how much they consume because normal drinkers simply can't understand why someone would drink as much as alkies do…I drank a half litre of vodka a day and my livers in ok shape. I think this guy was probably doing a couple pints in the pub and the goin home and polishing off a bottle of wine after..

  • Lonya steff says:

    i was of the understanding that wont get a liver transplant if your health is self inflicted. Can any one comment on this?

  • NHS says:

    Hi Lonya steff, here's some information about who can have a liver transplant. If you go to the website, go to the Health A-Z section and look up 'Liver transplant'. You will see a tab at the top of the page called 'Who can use it' which explains who can have a liver transplant. If you have any further questions you should speak to your GP.

  • Tilly Tongue says:

    He's lucky to be alive.

  • Yella Dart says:

    How is it that this guy can drink 2 beers a night and get cirrhosis, yet I drink 12 beers a night and haven't had an issue for 7 years? That just seems messed up. Why do I keep getting away with this?? Maybe I should just quit while I'm ahead. I can't be lucky my whole life. Right now I'm getting away with murder (or more accurately, suicide), that can't go on forever.

  • Brenda Lamont says:

    thank you for sharing your story. The fact that you are sharing it gives me hope for my little brother who just turned 33 and for the past 17 days he has been in the TLC unit in Madison Wisconsin, ( very thankful for the doctors and staff who are not only intelligent but very caring ) he too, started throwing up blood, but the toxins had already started breaking down the cells in his brain causing his body to basically shut down. Thank god my older brother went to check on him and basically saved his life, he would have bleed to death. He has been in a coma and everytime he starts coming out of it, the doctors find something else wrong. I do feel hopeful after watching your story. They are worried about brain damage still, but knowing you spent 5 weeks like this, i am a little more relaxed thinking this is the bodies natural instinct to shut down so it can repair itself. I have read alot of the comments on here and i do agree something should be done, banning it will only cause chaos, we all know the prohibition didn't work, even the president of the U.S. was buying and stashing it… and making it illegal will never stop ppl from getting it, it would just be opening the door for a new drug trade, my brother always drank the heavy beer with the highest percent of alcohol, so how about lowering the amount of alcohol in these beers, and like the energy drinks, there are ingredients in them that too much at one time reeks havic on the body, how about limiting the amount ppl can buy at one time. Either way, it boils down to self control and knowledge. We are taught and constantly seeing commercials on the dangers of smoking, dude is pulling out his teeth and a chic rips off a piece of her face to buy a pack of smokes, but where the hell are the commercials of someone throwing up blood and laying in a hospital bed in a coma???? I also believe some people dont metabolize alcohol like some can which causes this to happen sooner in some ppl. i really dont believe its the amount thats being drank in most cases. ok, im done ranting lol. but thank you for sharing 

  • Keep it real says:

    At least take vitamin c whenever you drink to protect the liver.

  • chargers93100 says:

    Everybody is different, not everybody will get liver disease from drinking

  • Brian Huntington says:

    u don't get cirrhosis from 2 beers a day lol it must be from something else?

  • Stuart Cumings says:

    I nearly got cirrhosis but was a binge drinker for 20 years…was lucky to get away with liver diesease but it scared me to the point of packing up alcohol..

  • Brother J says:

    let's just face it alcohol kills people, but many people enjoy it so much that they'd rather turn the other cheek and wait for it to happen to them or someone else they love before they acknowledge this reality.

  • TWDL RG says:

    My dad started drinking when he was a teenager and became an alcoholic. At the age of 48 he passed away from Cirrhosis. He was diagnosed about 1 1/2 years before he died. It was a long and painful death. As his daughter it was very hard watching my dad slowly die and all the things he went through. You wouldn't believe the effects your liver has on your body until you get something like this. Before he got really bad, he decided to sell all his guns and bow (he was a big time hunter and outdoorsman) because he wouldn't need them anymore. It broke my heart knowing he was doing this and why. He got so at the end he would go in and out of like a deep sleep and when he was awake sometimes he wouldn't make any sense. It was from the toxins building up in his body causing this. My dad went down hill very fast the last few days before he passed away. We were told he'd either go into a coma and not wake up or the blood vessels in his throat would rupture and he'd bleed to death. I definitely didn't want to see either but the latter seemed far scarier. Especially it being your parent. Instead he drowned in the fluids that built up. I had to stand there and watch him gasping for air and their wasn't a damn thing I could do about it but tell him I loved him and goodbye, hoping he could hear me. Finally I couldn't take it anymore and I ran outside and screamed until I couldn't scream anymore. You know it's gonna be painful losing them but not until you actually experience it. He has a granddaughter that never got to know him. She was only 1 1/2 when he died. Theirs been many times I've needed my dad and he's not here. You never really get over it. You just learn to live with it because theirs not a day that goes by that I don't think of him or miss him.

  • Lori Pavlovich says:

    My grandma was a very heavy drinker and she got cirrhosis and the doctor told her to quit. Well she did not quit and so 8 years later she died from it. Now on the other hand I never drink or smoke. Im the only one in my large family that has never did any of that stuff. Well I fell very ill a couple of years ago and found I that I have stage 4 cirrhosis caused by an autoimmune desease that is eating away at my lungs, liver, spleen and my stomach. I'm scared but my treatment is liver function testing every 3 months and im also on a immune suppressive medication that has been working so far.

  • alan pagan says:

    Very convincing. Bring on the next actor,

  • Angel Ortega says:

    thank you .God bless

  • MEG Hamer says:

    Alcoholics always deny how much they drink.

  • British Beer Dude says:

    He's got to have been drinking way more than he says.

  • LightSpeed444 says:

    They always claim just a couple of pints

  • Cannon says:

    This is disingenuous at best. Cirrhosis comes from incredibly high levels of drinking over a long period of time.

  • Pamela Marshall says:

    The music is way too loud. You can’t hear the man speak!

  • lbbradley55 says:

    Don't Think that Alcohol is the only way you can get Cirrosis. Medicines CAN & DO CAUSE LIVER DAMAGE & CIRRHOSIS & Kidney Damage. DILA Drug induced Liver Injurie.

  • Adelee Ariola says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. May God have mercy upon you and restore you to DIVINE WHOLENESS in JESUS name. AMEN. God BLESS you.

  • Sev Vermeer says:

    Get a high quality masticating juicer and juice vegetables

  • Born Free 77 says:

    Thanks for your story. I am a bit worried about this myself but I have never drunk a drop of alcohol and only drink pure water for last 35 years. Now almost 60 I got an auto immune illness from breathing poison fumes 5 years ago. Apart from lots of symptoms like falling over hundreds of times etc. I have got this swollen belly and congestion feeling below lungs. Breathing issues and fatigue. Urine like bad sulphur smell for weeks now. Could a skinny bloke like me who eats good vegan food get liver disease or is it just another transient system mal function ? Does anyone know? Thanks.

  • Gee Wiz says:

    This is GREAT for awareness…runs in my family. I have fatty liver disease with elevated enzymes and do not drink. Son is a long time drinker. Mother died with it. We all have or had gout. Dad had hep C and maybe we all got exposed by marriage and birth. But it’s a very real game ender….

  • Ben Stevenson says:

    I am an alcoholic Ive been sober now for over a year! the first stage of recovery from alcoholism is acknowledge you have got a problem with alcohol and quit boozing completely its a terrible disease it is the Demon 😈 Drink 🔥 it destroys lives and families! alcohol is poison 💀 🍺 it will kill you! stay strong live long God bless everybody else who is struggling with this terrible disease!

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