Alison Canavan on her battle with alcoholism: “I woke up one morning and said that’s it, I can’t take this anymore.”

The model has given her most candid interview to date.

Alison Canavan

Alison Canavan has recently spoken out publicly about her battles with alcoholism and last night she gave her most candid interview to date on The Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy, where she spoke about hitting rock bottom.

The model was known for her enviable looks and vivacious personality through out the height of her modelling career in the1990’s and early 2000’s but in recent months she has revealed that she underneath it all she was battling with many inner demons, including alcoholism.

The 38-year-old recounted some of the experiences she had when she was at her worst to Ryan and admitted that being in an industry surrounded by heavy drinkers didn’t help her situation.

“Modelling is an industry where there will always be someone worse (at drinking) than you,” she said.

“If you are lost you would get lost even further. Party Ali was great fun up until a point. Towards the end of my drinking my friends would just leave me. I never wanted the party to end.

“In a scary horrible way you get used it, it’s awful waking up in the morning and not remembering being certain places. It go to the stage where I was terrified to pick up the phone because I didn’t want to hear about the night before.” she told Ryan.

Alison's now in a better place
Alison’s now in a better place

The author went on to explain that there came a point where she realised she had to stop drinking for herself and not anybody else.

“I didn’t value my self or have any self-esteem,” she told Ryan.

“I didn’t care enough about myself but I started to care about myself after James and came to the realisation that something bad is going to happen to me and I have a son at home. I woke up one morning and said that’s it, I can’t take this anymore.”

The brunette beauty is now 20 months sober and has written a book for new mums, Minding Mum: It’s Time To Take Care -and it’s a must read for any soon-to-be or new mums!

We’re delighted to see Alison doing so well and we take our hats off to her for speaking out publicly about such a pressing issue in Ireland.



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