written by BARBARA DIAMOND
At the age of 35, a U.K. woman named Jo looked every bit the pregnant woman ready to pop. Strangers on the bus would give up their seats for her or ask when she was due. However, Jo was not pregnant.
The “baby bump” was actually the result of her terrifying addiction to alcohol.
After working in a bar for years, Jo fell victim to the temptations that constantly surrounded her. She developed an alcohol dependence that grew more severe over the course of five years, to the point she was drinking at least three bottles of wine every day. The excessive drinking damaged her liver. Nutrients that would otherwise be processed by the liver built up inside her abdomen.
Excessive drinking has caused Jo’s liver to become so damaged that fluid has built up in her abdomen and she looks pregnant. Hers is one of many disturbing stories appearing on a TV show airing tonight showing the horrific damage young people all over the UK are doing to their bodies through excessive drinking
For many people in the programme, their motto is ‘you only live once’ – with devastating consequences. Hospitals have reported a 117 per cent rise in alcoholic liver disease in the under 30s and deaths from it have risen by 20 per cent in the last ten years. Picture shows a liver severely scarred by cirrhosis