Woman who downed two bottles of vodka a day unrecognisable after going sober

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    A woman opened up about her alcohol addiction which saw her chug two bottles of vodka a day.

    Abi Feltham, 35, started drinking cider as a teen with her mates to cope with her dad's death when she was three.

    She downed booze every day from the age of 14, then things got worse when she began a 10-year backpacking stint.

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    Working in bars helped her conceal her habit but drank when she "woke up to when she'd pass out in the evening".

    At her worst, she would guzzle two 700ml bottles of whiskey and beers a day.

    When Covid struck, Abi returned home, moving from Canada to live with her parents in Berkshire.

    Back in her childhood room, she kept drinking but had a moment of realisation three weeks after her return.

    While clearing six empty bottle of wine and beer by the side of her bad, Abi had a flashback.

    She gave up booze immediately that day in April 2020 and hasn't touched a drop since.

    Abi went completely "cold turkey" for 18 months without any professionals, then sought help.

    Now she's got a stable job, relationship and home.

    She works as a social media manager and lives in Richmond, London.

    "I would drink a lot. When it was at its worse I was going through a couple bottles of spirits a day," Abi said.

    "I would drink from the moment I woke up to when I would pass out in the evening."

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    Abi, who had a lot of trauma from a young age, turned to alcohol as a way of coping with her mental health issues.

    Talking about moving back to the UK, she added: "Everyone else had lost their jobs too so I returned home.

    "I moved back in with my mum and carried on drinking.

    "I went on an almighty bender and when the bender came to an end I realised that I was hiding bottles next to my bed.

    "This is something I did as a child to hide my drinking from my mum.

    "One day I was clearing up the bottles and I sat down at the end of my bed dropping the bag.

    "It all hit me at once. I had a full circle moment where I felt like a mirror had been held up to my face.

    "Now, I have a stable, peaceful life that I love."

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    Growing up, alcohol was common within Abi's family.

    As a kid, she felt like it made her feel normal to guzzle alcohol instead of deal with her reality.

    When she became an adult, Abi started partying all the time, going out with friends or strangers.

    Then at 23, she went backpacking where she worked in bars.

    She thought she found love with an ex-boyfriend in South East Asia, where she thought her "depression was cured".

    Abi quit life on the road and moved to New York City.

    After the couple broke up, she flew to Canada and fell in with the wrong crowd and started smoking crack.

    Her excessive drinking and now drug habit resulted in her losing her waitressing job.

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    In 2020, after getting sacked from her job and Covid struck, Abi flew back to the UK.

    She concluded: "Physically it was very difficult – I was really sick to begin with.

    "I was very numb for a while. I was exhausted.

    "I felt like I had run a marathon; the last 10 years of my life had been so full-on and traumatic.

    "After that, I had an enormous drive to get better. Every day I felt stronger and I saw things improve.

    "I now have a really stable peaceful life. I have a boyfriend and we have been together for a year.

    "We have a really healthy relationship which is the most normal thing – everything in my life is so peaceful.

    "I have started massively working on my mental health. I go to therapy twice a week."

    If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Talk To Frank for free, confidential advice on 0300 1236600, texting 82111 or visiting their website, www.talktofrank.com

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