Denise Welch has shared an incredibly eye-opening look at the effect alcohol had on her appearance before she decided to quit booze for good.
The Loose Women star, 62, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a before and after comparison of her face in support of Alcohol Awareness Week.
In the lengthy post, mum-of-two Denise revealed that she will be nine years sober next year.
Besides giving birth and raising her two sons, Matty, 31 and Louise, 19, beating her booze battle is the proudest thing she has ever done in her life.
Denise penned: “This week is Alcohol Awareness Week. I had my last drink in April 2012.
“Next year I’ll have been sober for 9 yrs. And, apart from my children, it is the thing I am most proud of.
“Not only for myself but for the people who love me.”
Giving some insight into her ‘before’ snap, Denise detailed how she felt while alcohol was still one of the main priorities in her life.
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“This photo was taken leaving the same event last year and when I was drinking,” she revealed.
“But worse than what it was doing to me physically was what it was doing to me mentally. Anxiety, paranoia, anger, fear, depression, shame, you name it.”
After finally deciding to kick her bad habits, Denise’s life has completely turned around, and her marriage has continued to blossom.
The TV star explained: “Sobriety has given me my life back and allowed me to deal with life’s constant challenges in a clear-headed, balanced way. My marriage is wonderful and I nurture it and look after it in ways alcohol doesn’t allow you to. My husband being sober also is the anchor to my life.”
Denise finished off her emotional post by urging fans who may be in the same position to seek help.
“I know this is the most difficult year in so many ways and the temptation to drink is greater than ever. But honestly, if alcohol is no longer a fun way to spend time with friends and have a laugh, if it’s hurting your relationships with the people you love, if you have awful rows with your partner that neither of you can remember, if you have anger directed at those who point out you may have a problem, you probably have one. It’s never too late to stop.
“You don’t lose confidence you gain it as you reclaim your self-esteem. No sober person wishes they had never stopped.”