Baz Ashmawy has opened up about why he hasn’t drank alcohol in over a year.
The 42-year-old has been without alcohol since filming a documentary for RTE about Islam a number of months ago.
“I was doing a documentary on Islam and for the show I gave up drink and I felt great afterwards. I just never went back to it. I’m very happy with it,” Baz told the Irish Mirror
“Saying that, I might go on a night out with the missus and decide I want to have a few glasses of wine or go on holiday with the lads and have a cocktail but as it happened I haven’t wanted to and it’s been over a year since I drank.
“I don’t need alcohol for confidence or to feel comfortable so I’m happy enough to go out without it. Saying that, when it gets to 12am or 1am when people start repeating stories and all that, I’ve had enough of the night then end up driving everyone home,” he added.
Baz recently opened up about being being arrested for drink driving
He was put off the road for two years after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Dublin in 2011.
This resulted in him being suspended from his 2fm show which later got cancelled by RTE.
“Six years ago, or the last time I sat in a studio like this manning a show with my name on it, I had just spent the night in a Garda station and had been arrested for drink driving,” he said on The Baz Thing.
“I remember I arrived in the radio studio to review the papers, like I always did, and there was my face all over every front page. I could literally see my world collapsing in front of me.
“I could read it – it was there in black and white. It’s difficult for me to talk about because it’s something I’m ashamed of, or something I hate about myself.
“Not just that, I passed those feelings onto my family and people I love. It was embarrassing and shameful for them.