Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

The project’s Chrissie Swan advocates sobriety as she reveals she has not had a drink in nine months ‘after giving it a fair shot’ during Melbourne’s first lockdown as her ‘anxiety was through the roof’


Chrissie Swan spoke candidly about her decision to stay sober during Thursday’s episode of The Project.

The 47-year-old TV personality revealed she had not been drinking for nine months, saying she would ‘recommend it’ to others.

‘I’m really reluctant to be the poster girl for sobriety because it was a decision I made for myself after giving it a fair shot in the first lockdown last year,’ she explained.

Non-alcoholic: Chrissie Swan spoke honestly about her decision to get sober during Thursday's episode of The Project

Non-alcoholic: Chrissie Swan spoke honestly about her decision to get sober during Thursday’s episode of The Project

‘I haven’t drunk in about nine months. I recommend it, ‘she began.

‘If you think,’ Oh, maybe I’m drinking a little too much, or it’s not helping me anymore, ‘I think the biggest thing I’ve taken from it is that it did not help.’

Chrissie said, if anything, alcohol only increased her feelings of anxiety around the pandemic, and she stopped sleeping properly.

‘With the pressure and the worries and the worries and the responsibilities of children and their whole lives have changed and you are their parent, you feel a huge sense of guilt even though it’s all out of your control,’ she continued.

Sober: The 47-year-old TV personality revealed she had not drunk for nine months and said she would 'recommend it' to others

Sober: The 47-year-old TV personality revealed she had not drunk for nine months and said she would ‘recommend it’ to others

'I'm really reluctant to be the poster girl for sobriety because it was a decision I made for myself after giving it a fair push in the first lockdown last year,' she explained

‘I’m really reluctant to be the poster girl for sobriety because it was a decision I made for myself after giving it a fair push in the first lockdown last year,’ she explained

‘You kind of feel like having a few drinks that will take the edge off and a few drinks do, but eventually it gets to the stage where it doesn’t help and it certainly didn’t help me.

‘My anxiety was through the roof, I did not sleep properly because booze is terrible for sleep.’

The radio host further said that giving up alcohol had only changed her life for the better, especially while dealing with the uncertainty about the pandemic.

'I haven't drunk in about nine months.  I highly recommend it.  If you think "Oh, maybe I drink a little too much, or it does not help me anymore," I think the biggest thing I have taken from it is that it did not help, ”she said

‘I haven’t drunk in about nine months. I highly recommend it. If you think, ‘Oh, maybe I’m drinking a little too much, or it’s not helping me anymore,’ I think that the biggest thing I’ve taken from it is that it did not help, ‘she said.

‘I really noticed a huge difference in my daily positivity and ability to deal with the pandemic and the ongoing changes in literally every part of our lives, if I am ready, and for me it has been fantastic, a great choice,’ she continued .

Chrissie ended up encouraging others to consider their alcohol intake and whether it was ‘the right time’ for them to stop.

She said it was something people could only do for themselves, adding: ‘You have to help yourself.’

If you or someone you know suffers from alcohol abuse or addiction, call the National Alcohol and Other Drugs Hotline on 1800 250 015.

Gave up: Chrissie ended up encouraging others to consider their alcohol intake and whether it was 'the right time' for them to stop

Gave up: Chrissie ended up encouraging others to consider their alcohol intake and whether it was ‘the right time’ for them to stop

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