I was sad to hear about the case of Gary Reinbach, 22, from Dagenham, who died earlier this week after developing cirrhosis of the liver. He began binge drinking at the age of 13 apparently.
The story sparked a short debate about whether people with heavy drink problems should be eligible for liver transplants. With such a shortage of donor organs available, the general consensus seems to be no, which begs the question, why isn’t organ donation opt out instead of opt in?
Getting back to the point of the post though, it’s easy to forget sometimes that alcohol isn’t only dangerous because of the fights or road accidents it causes. It can kill you outright by itself. I don’t know anything much about Gary Reinback, but to die at the age of just 22 from overindulgence in our favourite legal drug seems such a shame.
[Source: BBC News]