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Young binge drinker (22) dies of liver failure

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A 22-year-old man has died in hospital from liver failure after he refused to stop drinking alcohol.

Gareth Anderson, from Northern Ireland, first suffered liver problems when he was 19 and was admitted to Ulster Hospital in Belfast, the Daily Mail reports.

He was refused a liver transplant because he had not been free of alcohol for six months, and was transferred to the liver unit at King’s College Hospital in London.

At the time he reportedly made a vow to his family to stop drinking.

"I’ll never touch another drink for the rest of my life," Mr Anderson was quoted as saying.

"This is terrifying, I just want to get better and go home."

But he continued to drink and the next year he ended up in intensive care in Belfast after his kidneys failed.

His desire for alcohol was so great at one stage that he reportedly left his bed at the hospital and walked to a nearby bar to grab a beer.

After leaving hospital he spent much of 2011 in and out of court, charged with a range of offences.

He served time at a Young Offenders Centre after he was charged with threatening to kill his mother, attacking his brother and for drug possession.

He was also imprisoned for three months for assaulting a police officer.

His father, Brian, believes the final straw came after a recent fallout with a friend.

"He went and bought several bottles of vodka and drank them," he told BBC Northern Ireland.

"His liver couldn't cope and he died of liver failure in the Ulster Hospital."

His death happened two weeks ago but has only recently been reported.


Added: Jun-20-2012 Occurred On: Jun-20-2012
By: DirtyUncleBerty
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