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Chris Hughes rushed to hospital with alcoholic hepatitis after boozy night out

Feb 1, 2023

Chris Hughes has suffered a health scare and been rushed to hospital after his self-confessed boozy ‘antics’ on Saturday left him with alcoholic hepatitis.

The TV personality, who rose to fame on the third series of Love Island in 2017, took to Instagram to update his fans over his condition.

The 30-year-old heaped praise on the NHS as he said he had ‘learned his lesson’ after he was given his diagnosis and realised what had happened.

Alcohol hepatitis – which is unrelated to infectious hepatitis – is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that can be caused by alcohol misuse over a significant period of time, or, less commonly, if you binge a lot of alcohol in a shorter session.

Chris was also chronically dehydrated and said the intense bursts of exercise he’d done in the couple of days after his night out made the situation worse and that he had been ‘torturing his body’ through his determination to sweat the alcohol out.

Sharing a picture in a hospital gown and beanie hat and hooked up to an IV drip, Chris wrote: ‘So basically, all my antics on Saturday have caused this. When I was posting away about running that 4k, I was not truly hungover Sunday and Monday, but I was ‘chronically dehydrated and have alcohol hepatitis’… (not cool, not at all) where essentially my liver is damaged and couldn’t consume the alcohol assumptions [sic] and the bloods have also showed that.’

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Revealing his gratitude to the medics that had treated him, he continued in a second story: ‘Our NHS are insanely good, as we know. They’ve been thorough and over the top friendly which to me is the perfect combo.

‘I haven’t managed to consume water that’s why I’m on  this drip, a sip of water makes me feel sick.’

The horse racing presenter, who also works with broadcasters BBC, ITV and Sky Sports on cricket and golf events too, admitted: ‘I am ruined. I’ve learned my lesson.

What is alcoholic hepatitis?

Alcoholic hepatitis is a stage of alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD), which refers to liver damage caused by excess alcohol intake.

Symptoms do not usually occur until the liver is already severly damaged, and they can be:

  • yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • swelling in the ankles and tummy
  • feeling sick
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • confusion or drowsiness
  • vomiting blood or passing blood in your stools

The NHS recommends you tell your GP if you regularly drink alcohol to excess so they can test for liver damage.

Alcoholic hepatitis is usually caused by alcohol misuse after a long period of time, but it can also occur after binge drinking in a short period.

Liver damage from mild alcoholic hepatitis is usually reversible if you stop drinking permanently, but severe alcoholic hepatitis is a life-threatening illness.

‘My issue though, quite clear. Went for that run Sunday and I went to a class Monday and did a 45 minute circuit, burnt 550 calories then went to sauna to sweat again for 45 minutes. Thinking I’m getting the alcohol out but in fact I was just torturing my body [sic].’

The TV star split with pro golfer girlfriend Annabel Dimmock in 2022 after almost a year of dating.

Prior to that, he dated ex-Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson for 16 months before they parted ways in April 2020, and had a short-lived romance with fellow Islander Olivia Attwood after leaving the villa as a couple.

Need help?

The NHS recommends Drinkline, the national alcohol helpline. If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, there is a free helpline you can call in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).

Or you can use Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), a free self-help group with a 12-step programme.

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