By REBECCA SPARROW
There’s no other word for it.
On Monday morning a news story left me dumbfounded.
A popular TV newsreader took the extraordinary step of outing herself has having had a serious problem with alcohol. How serious? Channel 7’s Talitha Cummins admitted to regularly having two-day binges and to getting black-out drunk up to 5 nights a week.
In an interview with News.com.au, Talitha said:
“I was a big drinker. Anyone who knows me, knows that. I drank to celebrate, I drank to commiserate, I drank because I had a busy day, a boring day, a holiday. For years, drinking was my hobby.
“But in the last four years it turned ugly. The first sip unleashed an unstoppable need for more and more.
“A binge could end six hours later, or it could end two days later. After every one, I was left with incredible feelings of self-hatred, guilt and riddled with anxiety.”
But let’s go back to Talitha for a moment.
Warning signs you may have a problem with alcohol
- having blackouts
- you drink when you’re alone
- you’re keeping secrets from friends and family
- you have an increased tolerance to alcohol and drugs
- you’re regularly engaging in binge drinking
Some of the signs of alcohol dependence include:
- Worrying about when you’ll be able to have your next drink
- suffering from withdrawal symptoms like sweating, nausea or insomnia as a result of not drinking alcohol
- needing to drink more and more alcohol to get drunk
- drinking alcohol, or desiring to drink alcohol, when you wake up in the morning
- consuming alcohol regularly on your own, or trying to hide your alcohol consumption from those around you
- relationships with friends or family are being effected by your drinking
Taken from www.reachout.com
If you think you may have a problem with alcohol, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or log on to Hello Sunday Morning and join their online quit program.