I got used to being in hair and make-up and having a glass of wine. It’s not a good look for me, for John, for anybody.” The star, who married singer/songwriter John Legend in Italy in 2013, explained: “I used to think it was kind of nutty to have to go totally sober, but now I get it. I have to fix myself.” On home shores, author and wellness guru Alison Canavan has been vocal about her journey to sobriety.Then, that glass of wine would carry over into me having one before the awards show. And then I felt bad for making kind of an ass of myself to people that I really respected. In an article on her blog, she revealed: “I was a scared, single mum who was lonely, and drink was my friend. It robbed me of my dignity, self-esteem, health and happiness.
The majority of these are regular excessive wine drinkers in the 45-60 age bracket.“While men will acknowledge drink is affecting their lives and their control of situations, they are sometimes slower to see the benefit of psychology.” For women, the recommended low-risk guideline for alcohol consumption is 11 standard drinks (110g or 140ml of pure alcohol), spread out over the course of a week, with some alcohol-free days.Many women, however, choose to shun these guidelines, and their health is deteriorating as a result.You don’t just stop being an alcoholic because you stopped drinking.“When I was a lone parent, alcohol became my friend. A lot of people think that to be an alcoholic, you have to drink out of a brown paper bag, sitting on a bench. Friday night was my night, some people enjoy a glass of wine, but I always wanted to get drunk — that’s the difference.” When Samantha became a mum, she realised that things had to change.