Lucy Hale Says She Was A ‘Binge Drinker’ Before Finally Getting Sober Last Year

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Actress Lucy Hale has recently been sharing details about her struggles with alcohol consumption. She was a guest this week on the podcast Diary of a CEO where she talked about her sobriety.

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The actress talks about how her drinking began at the age of 14. There was a time in her life that she was a “normal moderate drinker.”

“I have never talked publicly about being sober — I have a little over a year of sobriety,” she shared, “I have been working on getting sober since I was 20; I’m 33. It took time. It took patience with myself. I just held on to that belief that the real Lucy came out when she was drinking. It also quieted my mind… my brain just doesn’t shut off and it’s exhausting. I was a textbook binge drinker, blackout, wouldn’t remember what I did or what I said, which is scary.”


She continued to share other pieces of her journey; how many attempts and years it took to stick to her sober journey. She discussed the state of mind that her desire for alcohol put her in.

“I was willing to go to this crazy dark place every time,” Hale continued. “Of course I tried to be a moderate drinker, just having two. I have an allergy to alcohol. I cannot drink. I view it as an allergy; my brain doesn’t work the same way as someone who can just have a glass of wine. It always wants more. It’s craving that feeling. I tried to change for boyfriends, I tried to change for my mum, I tried to change for my career, I tried to change for vain reasons — ‘I’ll look younger and look skinnier. I’ll stop drinking for that.’ One of my best friends died of alcoholism and that still didn’t make me want to get sober.”

Hale is currently celebrating over a year of sobriety.

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