Susannah Constantine recalls 'humiliating' moment she wet herself as alcoholic
Susannah Constantine has opened up on her struggles with alcoholism and what pushed her to seek help.
The TV star is currently promoting her new book, Ready For Absolutely Nothing, which documents her journey of self discovery growing up.
Discussing the writing process, Susannah, 60, also got candid about her experiences with alcohol addiction in conversation with Christine Lampard on Thursday’s Lorraine.
She shared that one of her darkest moments occurred during a family holiday when she blacked out and wet herself.
At the time, she was drinking ‘consistently and daily’ and recalls reaching rock bottom being ‘humiliating’ for her.
Speaking about the incident from 2013, she began: ‘Anyone who is suffering from alcoholism will identify with this, it had been building up to the point where I didn’t have control over alcohol, it had control over me.
‘We were in Cornwall and I wasn’t drinking much more than anyone else but I think when you drink consistently and daily, your body becomes like a saturated sponge and it doesn’t take much to tip you over the edge.’
The fashion guru continued: ‘So, I blacked out, I fell over, I broke two transverse processes in my back and I wet myself, and you can’t get anything more humiliating than that. And my children witnessed this and my husband and brother-in-law took me up to bed.’
She added that she doesn’t know how she ‘had the courage’ but that next day, Susanna ‘got everyone round the table’ and asked for help.
‘Look, I need help. I’ve been lying to you, I keep saying I’m not drinking, I’m drinking far more than any of you know and I need to do something about it,’ she told her family.
When she asked her loved ones how her confession made them feel, she ‘knew that was the point I had to stop’ because she needed to ‘regain the trust’ of her family.
The first time Susannah spoke about her alcoholism was in an essay for the Mail, in which she spoke about the ‘shame’ she had felt.
Days after hitting rock bottom, she attended an AA (alcoholics anonymous) meeting and has been steady in her recovery since.
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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