Beverley Pickorer was only 36-years-old when she died from liver disease. In the months before she passed, life was a living hell.
She was bed-ridden, plagued by epileptic seizures, cirrhosis of the liver, had a mouthful of rotting teeth, and looked as if she were decades older than she actually was. And that’s not even the worst of it.
Before long, she became blind and unable to speak. Alcoholism ravaged her body.
Since a person’s liver is what processes what they eat and drink into energy for the body, as well as remove harmful substances from the blood, it’s an organ that can’t be taken for granted.
Her story truly illustrates the tragic consequences that heavy drinking can have on an individual’s life. It’s difficult to imagine that someone would choose to drink themselves into such a terrible state that they face death and still can’t stop.
According to the American Liver Foundation, between 10 and 20 percent of heavy drinkers develop cirrhosis of the liver.
Despite her promises to stop drinking and finally take care of herself and her family, she could never find a way to turn her back on drinking. The mother of four had her children taken out of her custody because she was unable to look after them.
In August 2014, Beverley died from liver failure. It’s a heartbreaking tragedy that could have prevented. Beverley literally drank herself to death.