Alcohol Archives - British Liver Trust

Faye and Nina’s story: “Our hearts go out to anyone living with or caring for someone with HE.”

Faye and Nina had never heard of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) before their mum, Pauline, was diagnosed. Looking …

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Mike’s story: “I was seeing colours differently.”


After he was made redundant, Mike started feeling unwell. After dismissing his symptoms for a while, he …

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Sally’s story: “It’s not only binge-drinkers and ‘alcoholics’ who get cirrhosis.”


Sally lost her husband, Mike, to alcohol-related liver disease. She decided to share his story, written as …

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Gareth’s story

Following the darkest of times and despite everything I remain focused on the light I see at …

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How volunteering with the British Liver Trust has helped me

Before I was ill I knew very little about the liver and how important it is 500+ …

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Kirsty’s story: “The stars aligned when the Love Your Liver roadshow came to Bristol”

Kirsty thought she’d been drinking more alcohol than she should, so when the British Liver Trust’s Love …

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Martin’s story: “We have the power to choose our outlook on life.”


After he had a liver transplant, Martin slipped back into old habits and started drinking alcohol again. …

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Jit’s story: “I don’t think there is enough awareness of liver disease in South Asian communities.”

When Jit recovered from alcohol dependency, he decided he wanted to do something to raise awareness of …

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Kat’s story: “Life without alcohol is amazing.”

When Kat was diagnosed with cirrhosis she gradually cut down how much alcohol she drank, before stopping …

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Paul’s story: “I never classed myself as an ‘alcoholic’.”

In 2017, Paul’s liver started to fail and he was taken to hospital where he wasn’t expected …

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Lisa and Justin's story

“The British Liver Trust were a real lifeline for Lisa. A gift from you today will help to make sure no one has to deal with liver disease alone.”

– Justin

Justin speaks more about Lisa’s liver transplant in this video.

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What is a CCG or ICS?

CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) were established as part of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012. They are groups of general practices, which come together in each area to commission the best services for their patients and population.

ICS (Integrated Care Systems) are new partnerships between the organisations that meet health and care needs across an area, to coordinate services and to plan in a way that improves population health and reduces inequalities between different groups. ICS will replace Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) by April 2022 and cover a wider geographic area than CCGs.

Devolved nations – health is primarily a devolved matter across the four nations which make up the UK. Among these variations are differing regional structures, Scotland and Wales have Health Boards, England have CCGs (currently being superseded by Integrated Care Systems) and Northern Ireland has Health and Social Care Trusts.

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