Lee Ryan still struggles with booze as he labels himself a ‘good alcoholic’
Celebs Go Dating star Lee Ryan branded himself a ‘good alcoholic’ for 10 years of his life, after admitting that he still struggles with alcohol from time to time.
The Blue singer, who previously admitted to drinking a bottle of whiskey a day to ‘numb the pain’ revealed that he still has a hard time battling his addiction ‘now and again’.
‘I still struggle now and again. I struggle in my own way that I don’t use drink to forget and that was the point,’ The 36-year-old told The Sun.
Having fought his way out of depression, Lee continued: ‘Those days are completely behind me now, where I’d use anything to forget. If anything, now I have a couple of beers to relax and be social but there was points where I wouldn’t drink socially, I would drink inwardly and the bottle was my friend.’
The father-of-two, who previously appeared as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, confessed that despite staying away from alcohol during the show he returned to the bottle once his time in the ballroom had ended.
One thing that the star is happy about, is that despite trying drugs, he never became dependent on them.
He said: ‘I’ve never been a big drug person, and I’m quite happy about that. I’m so happy that I was never mad on drugs.
‘I dabbled in my time but drink was definitely the thing that f***ed me. I was a good alcoholic for a good ten years.’
The Blue star turned to alcohol six years ago when he found himself bankrupt and at the rough end of a media hate campaign after a bad appearance of Celebrity Big Brother.
Lee previously wrote about his battles with alcohol in the band’s book All Rise.
He wrote: ‘If I had to quantify it, I could safely say at that point in my life, I was drinking around a bottle of whisky a night.
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‘It was all going in the wrong direction as they say, and I’d had warnings from my doctor, but if I’m honest I wasn’t paying them any heed because I wanted to get properly lost.’