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Any young drinkers (18-25) with ARLD/permanent liver damage?

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:54 am
by Spice931
Hi There,

This is my first post here, I thought I should share my experience quickly before asking around for similar experiences.

I am a 22yo male, who like most people my age, enjoys a drink or two. I would say I picked it up as a regular thing when I was 19, though It became more of a habit when I hit 20/21. Recently I had a party and binged a few beers and spirits. I woke up the next day without a headache, only a delicate stomach. Pretty usual for me, as I am not so great when I comes the keeping it down the next day, depending on what I drink and eat. However I noticed that I had some uncomfortable pain in the upper right abdomen/lower right side rib cage. A bit odd, while not painful, it was very noticeable. I have had this sensation, maybe once or twice before over the last 2 years, however never this intense. I took some ibuprofen and kept away from the bottle. The next day, I thought a beer wouldn't hurt before bed. Only it did, about 20 minutes later I felt the pain return with more intensity than before. It was still present the next day and I stopped taking the ibuprofen just incase. I have since put the drink to the side and booked an appointment to get myself checked out.

I probably haven't gone more than 4 days without a drink for the last 3/4 years. Not always a binge session, however I probably have binged at least every weekend for the last 2 years. Which leads to my question. Is there anyone here who is a similar age, who has been diagnosed with ARLD at this age? If so please share your story and if happy to, the severity of your situation.

I am happy to drastically cut down, however If I am going to cut alcohol out of my life completely, I will need to make some drastic life choices to help my recovery. Hearing other people's experiences might help in understanding what life style choices I will need to adapt, as well as how common it is for someone my age to find themselves in such a serious situation.

I look forward to hearing from you all.

Re: Any young drinkers (18-25) with ARLD/permanent liver dam

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:09 am
by PaigeB
My brother was diagnosed with liver disease at the age of about 25. The doc told him he had the body of a 50 year old! He got sober for 15 years, had an alcohol relapse of about 6 months due to pain pills after an accident, now has another 10 years without a drink. THE LIVER CAN HEAL ITSELF if you stop drinking. My brother is proof. He is raising another family - 4 kids, 13 and under - even though he is a grandpa too! Maybe NOW he has the body of a 60 year old, but I don't have regular contact with him. I just know that he has lived ALL these years and not a mention of his liver since about the first 5 years.

My brother in law died a liver death at a young age, in his early 50's, because he never did stop doing drugs and alcohol. It was long and ugly for him and for the family. I hope this is not the road you choose.

There is hope and there is experience in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous ~ no matter where you are in the world.