‘Fit And Healthy’ Woman Dies After Drinking Alcohol On Empty Stomach

by : Cameron Frew on : 21 Jul 2020 13:39
'Fit And Healthy' Woman Dies After Drinking Alcohol On Empty StomachAlice Burton Bradford/Instagram

A seemingly fit and healthy young woman from Brighton has died after reportedly drinking alcohol on an empty stomach.

27-year-old Alice Burton Bradford, described by friends and family as a ‘health freak’, wasn’t a heavy drinker. Rather, she was suffering from a rare metabolic complication known as alcoholic ketoacidosis, which can be triggered if one hasn’t eaten enough before consuming alcohol.


While it’s unclear exactly how much Alice had to drink prior to her death, the reaction was so sudden that she didn’t even make it to hospital, and sadly died in her garden.

Alice Burton BradfordAlice Burton Bradford/Instagram

Alice passed away last month, and an inquest is underway. Aaron Mulvay, a friend of Alice for the past eight years, told Metro ‘it was absolutely a horrible shock… no-one expected it at all’.

The 30-year-old added:


I had never even heard of alcoholic ketoacidosis until she died. We’re not sure how much she had been drinking that weekend, but she was not an alcoholic. She had not eaten enough and it had triggered an acid in her stomach.

It was just so sudden – she didn’t even have to go to hospital, but had gone out into her garden and passed away there. It’s so tragic as she was such a young age.

According to Aaron, Alice ‘loved going out but she was also such a health freak – she was a member of running clubs and really enjoyed cycling’. Three weeks prior to her death, she’d ‘cycled over to say hello at a distance’, and had been walking her dog along the beach and running every day throughout the course of lockdown.

Unfortunately, like many of Alice’s friends, Aaron wasn’t able to attend her funeral, ‘so we want to put up a memorial to say our own goodbyes’. While remaining in close contact with her family in Cornwall, he’s raised £1,845 in a crowfunding campaign.

Alice Burton Bradford 2GoFundMe

Aaron explained: 

We’d like to have it put on the cliffs where Alice used to walk her dog, or in a nice park as she loved wildlife. We just want to raise as much as possible for a bench memorial and whatever is left over we will donate to a charity… Alice had so many friends and she will be dearly missed.’

Aaron added that he thinks ‘there needs to be more information out there about the dangers of drinking when you have not eaten properly’. According to Healthline, there are a number of symptoms for alcoholic ketoacidosis, including: abdominal pain, fatigue, irregular breathing, nausea and dizziness.

You can donate to Alice’s GoFundMe page here.


If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Health, Alcohol, Life


Metro and 2 others
  1. Metro

    ‘Fit and healthy’ woman, 27, dies after drinking alcohol on an empty stomach

  2. Healthline

    Alcoholic Ketoacidosis

  3. GoFundMe

    Alice's memorable bench