I always thought that Cirrhosis was an disease that struck older men who had spent a lifetime over drinking alcohol. I never, ever thought that it could claim someone young but it does. I had a good friend in high school and college who I never knew to even experiment or be curious about alcohol. It was only after college that I learned she was drinking and drinking enough to basically qualify her as an alcoholic. She was arrested for DUI and started attending AA. During that time, we hung out and she did appear to be turning her life around. Things got busy, we fell out of touch and 2 years later I ran into her mom in the grocery store. It was then her mom delivered the devastating news. 6 months, prior my friend had actually died of Cirrhosis. I was in shock and told her mom that wasn't possible! But she assured me it was. My friend was very petite, under 5 feet and less than 100 lbs. They felt her smaller stature may have had some impact on how fast the disease progressed. My friend was not even 35 when she died. I regret that we lost touch but I also feel regret that I didn't think to encourage her to speak to her own family doctor about her drinking so that he could have provided medical advice on the physical ramifications of being an alcohol. If you have a family member or friend, do encourage them to tell their doctor about their drinking and/or drug use honestly.