Susannah Constantine has said she feels “a lot more present” since sobering up seven years ago, and isn’t tempted by the half-full wine bottles strewn about her home.
Ahead of the release of her new memoir, Ready For Absolutely Nothing, the 60-year-old TV fashion guru revealed years of alcoholism had an impact on her family.
Speaking to Radio Times, What Not To Wear host Susannah said it’s “amazing to me” to go alcohol free for seven years without the two relapses she’s had in between.
‘I see the world now’: Susannah Constantine says she feels ‘much more present’ since sobering up seven years ago and isn’t tempted by the half-full bottles of wine at her house (pictured in September)
She said: “I see the world now. I see the little things. I am much more powerful, more present and my life is completely different.
“Not how I live, but how I perceive my life, how I see what’s around me and how grateful I am even for the little things.”
The publication noted that at her home, a 300-acre property in rural West Sussex that she shares with husband Sten Bertelsten, 58, and three children, Joe, there was a “tons of” half-full bottles of wine and spirits scattered around. 23, Esme, 21, and Cece, 18.
But she “insists” that she “no longer faces temptation because the rewards of sobriety are too precious to lose.”
Susannah openly admitted that she also takes anti-anxiety medication, but because she’s alcohol-free, her stress triggers are less likely to drive her into anxiety.
She admitted that her triggers “could be anything from getting caught up in a little white lie” or “helping her kids with their problems”: “I’m very dependent on their emotions,” she said.
Style gurus: Ahead of the release of her new memoir, Ready For Absolutely Nothing, the 60-year-old TV fashion guru (pictured with Trinny Woodall in 2002) has opened up about her past
Susannah rose to fame with fellow fashionista Trinny Woodall, 58, on hit BBC fashion makeover show What Not To Wear.
After it first aired in 2001, the pair rose to fame for their direct advice and “trademark boob grabbing,” making them ruthless compared to other moderation advice.
It was only in September that Susannah opened up about the “humiliating moment” that forced her to “admit” that she was an alcoholic.
During an appearance on Lorraine, the 60-year-old hit rock bottom in detail when she passed out and wet herself on a family vacation in 2013.
She drank a bottle and a half of wine every night and admitted alcohol had her “in control” while trying to hide her drinking from husband Sten Bertelsen and their children Cece, 18, Esme, 21, and Joe, 23.
She explained: “Anyone who suffers from alcoholism will identify with it, it had built up to the point where I had no control over alcohol, it had control over me.”
Recalling the moment she decided to get help, she continued: “We were in Cornwall and I wasn’t drinking much more than everyone else but I think if you drink consistently and on a daily basis your body will like a saturated sponge and he doesn’t take much to tip you over the edge.
“So I passed out, I fell, I broke two transverse processes in my back and I wet myself and you can’t get anything more degrading than that. And my kids witnessed that, and my husband and brother-in-law did put me to bed.’
Deception: She previously tried to hide her drinking from husband Sten Bertelsen and their children Cece, 18, Esme, 21, and Joe, 23 (pictured in 2020)
She continued, “I don’t know where I got the courage from, but the next day I just brought everyone around the table and said, ‘Look, I need help. I lied to you, I keep saying I don’t drink, I drink a lot more than any of you know and I need to do something about it”.
“And then I asked them all, ‘How did that make you feel? And they all told me and I knew that was the point where I had to stop and start trying to get my family’s trust back because I lied.’
Susannah previously admitted she found her attempts to hide her alcoholism.all consuming and exhausting.’
The TV presenter, whose mother was also an alcoholic, first admitted she has a drinking problem in 2020 and opened up about how she’s been in recovery for the past seven years.
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Best friends: After it first aired in 2001, Susannah and Trinny (pictured recently) rose to fame for their direct advice and ‘trademark boob grabbing’
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