This one made me think—about my coffee intake. Although the program was about alcoholism, the common link for the rest of us is what we do to our liver.
If one can relate, Autopsy is an appropriate title to make one think twice about taking care of one’s self. It made me think twice about my coffee intake.
It is a television series from Britain’s ITV studios that analyses the life and last days of famous people. Dr. Jason Payne-James looks at the cause of death that is on the celebrity’s death certificate but looking closely at the evidence he concurs with the certificate or comes to another conclusion.
The subjects of the series are people well-known in film, music, and sports. For example, the days leading up to the untimely deaths of actors Robin Williams and Heath Ledger are analysed. In the episode I watched, the life and death of Irish-born Manchester United footballer George Best are scrutinized.
It wasn’t easy for Best. The reason for Best’s drinking habit is given at the start. He was a shy young man and became a social drinker. This led him to going to the bottle when challenges in life came his way.
One such challenge was the death of his mother. She couldn’t take the public criticism of his son when he gave up football and she took to the bottle and eventually died of alcoholism. He suffered in that process, too.
The tricky winger is regarded as the one of the greatest UK footballers [soccer] if not the best ever. But his downfall was that he had a disease—he was an alcoholic. Death by alcoholism is not mentioned on the death certificate, but Dr Payne-James postulates that Best may have died from alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Payne-James investigates. This is where this program gets scary, if one cares about the liver.
Best’s alcoholism, which was a progressive disease over thirty years, certainly had an impact on Best’s liver. Doesn’t heavy coffee drinking over time have some impact on the liver, as well?
A lesson of this episode is to look after yourself whatever’s happened to you. Keep off self-destructive tendencies no matter what it takes. Do something about it. This program can scare one into submission to doing the good thing.