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The 24-year-old is part of the shocking statistic that 1 in 8 Americans suffers from alcoholism. He is hoping to not become one of the 80,000 people who die from it yearly.
Mason tells The Doctors he's afraid that he will not live to be 25. He remembers first drinking when he was 6 or 7 years old and began regularly drinking by 17. He now drinks every day and until he passes out. He will also spend all of his available money on alcohol and is currently living in squalor.
His stepsister Sarah is extremely concerned about him, revealing she fears the excessive drinking has impacted his health and body. She has witnessed Mason vomiting uncontrollably for 10 minutes saying what came out "was solid red."
There are many days when Mason will not eat food and only drink alcohol. Additionally, he is 6 feet tall and only weighs under 112 pounds. We send Mason to see gastroenterologist Dr. Su Sachar, who does a series of blood tests and an ultrasound on his liver.
Dr. Sachar joins the panel to reveal the results of Mason's tests. She found that his liver is enlarged and the texture of his liver is consistent with a fatty liver, which is related to chronic alcohol use. "The liver has definitely taken a hit, but the silver lining in all of this is that liver is such a unique organ it can regenerate itself," she says, explaining his liver is currently inflamed but explains that Mason does not have cirrhosis of the liver yet.
In hopes of helping Mason give up drinking, we welcome psychologist Dr. Howard Samuels who offers Mason 90 days of treatment at The Hills Treatment Center. We also extend his mother Pauleen the offer to get treatment with the Harmony Foundation.
Will Mason and his mother take the first steps on their road to recovery? Find out in the video below.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction please call the confidential and free National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or visit their website.