Skin Turns Orange after Drinking Cider for Five Years

Just after losing his job as a courier Michael Stenning, 47 began drinking over four litres of cider a day which after five years of supping the apple alcoholic beverage turned his skin orange.

Concerned friends and family members urged the father of two to seek medical help and shocked doctors at the hospital told him bluntly that he was lucky to be alive.

Dr Sumita Verman who is a researcher of alcoholic hepatitis said “I have never seen someone as sick as him leave the hospital alive.”

Thankfully Michael took the warnings of the doctors seriously and stopped drinking immediately.  He booked himself into the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where after spending three weeks there he says he owes his life to the staff that helped him beat his drinking addiction.

Full Support of Children and Friends

Michael who is divorced and father to Matthew, 22 and Sophie, 19 had a hundred percent support of his children.  “They really helped me through it all.  I can’t thank everyone enough.  When they noticed I was turning orange it was the last straw.  I had to do something” he said.

Now on a healthy diet combined with an exercise regime and drinking only non-alcoholic drinks Michael has found it far easier to change his lifestyle than he originally thought it would be.

Liver Disease

Drinking so much alcohol increases the bile pigments in the blood which produces the symptoms of liver diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis.

Cirrhosis is a serious condition and only 30 per cent of patients are found to survive five years after being diagnosed and of course much less if the patient carries on drinking alcohol.

Symptoms in the early stages of liver disease are hard to locate and as time goes on the feelings of tiredness, weakness, loss of appetite, lack of energy, weight loss and nausea may all develop.

It is only far later when the disease has progressed to the point of liver failure that a drinker will show signs of jaundice and by this time it may be too late to reverse the disease.