Denise Welch reflects on gaining two-stone after giving up alcohol

‘I replaced one addiction with another’: Denise Welch reflects on gaining two stone after giving up alcohol and discusses her weight loss as she shares swimsuit snaps

  • Anyone battling similar issues can contact AA on 0800 917 7650 or email the helpline at [email protected] 

Denise Welch has reflected on how she gained two stone after giving up alcohol as she discussed her weight loss journey.

The Loose Women star, 64, recently marked 11 years of sobriety and has now looked back on how giving up alcohol has affected her life in a poignant post.

She took to Instagram on Saturday to candidly speak about how she gained 2 stone after her lifestyle change, saying she ‘replaced one addiction with another’.

Denise shared two glowing swimsuit snaps of herself as she spoke about her weight loss journey and how she has ‘changed her relationship with food’.

Alongside the pictures, she penned: ’10 yrs ago today I started my @lighterlife journey. I lost 2 stone in 2 months and became a proud ambassador, a title I hold to this day.

Candid: Denise Welch has reflected on how she gained two stone after giving up alcohol as she discussed her weight loss journey

Poignant: The Loose Women star, 64, recently marked 11 years of sobriety and has now looked back on how giving up alcohol has affected her life in a poignant post

‘I have seen @lighterlife change lives especially reversing type 2 diabetes.

‘When I gave up alcohol I replaced one addiction with another, food and gained 2 stone.

‘With the help of @lighterlife and their mentor and behavioural therapy approach I was able to change my relationship with food. 

‘The osteoarthritis in my knees improved by 90%. For more information the link is in my stories #ad.’

Her latest comments comes one month after Denise marked 11 years of sobriety in a candid Instagram post.

In March, the actress share two snaps of herself, taken over 11 years apart, as she spoke about how sobriety changed her life.

She admitted her ‘disastrous’ relationship with alcohol affected her relationship with her husband Lincoln Townley and the lives of her sons Louis, 22, and Matty, 34, who she shares with her ex Tim Healy.

The Coronation Street star went on to share that although going sober ‘wasn’t easy’, it completed changed her life and the lives of her loved ones.

Opening up: She candidly spoke about how she gained 2 stone after her lifestyle change, saying she ‘replaced one addiction with another’

Sobriety: Her latest comments comes one month after Denise marked 11 years of sobriety in a candid Instagram post

Alcohol: The Coronation Street actress shared that although going sober ‘wasn’t easy’, it completed changed her life and the lives of her loved ones

In a poignant caption, she penned: ’11 yrs sober today!!! Giving up my disastrous relationship with alcohol changed my life, my husband’s life and my children’s lives. Plus the lives of all who love me.

‘It wasn’t easy. Addiction is a cruel and frightening illness. But together @lincolntownley and I realised that we were destroying many lives including our own and we did it. 

‘I now have a wonderful marriage that is the foundation of my life. Our kids are happy and I hope those of you struggling find the strength to stop. 

‘If alcohol no longer makes you happy, if your drinking makes others lives miserable it’s time to stop. There is help there if you need it.’

Denise and Lincoln tied the knot in July 2013 in Portugal, after becoming engaged in August 2012.

Lincoln previously credited his wife with helping him to become sober, leading him to become one of the country’s most in-demand artists.

Speaking to The Mirror in June 2019, the London-born art sensation said of his other half: ‘Drinking never brought anything good into my life except for Denise.’

Struggles: She admitted her ‘disastrous’ relationship with alcohol affected the lives of her sons Louis, 22, and Matty, 34, (both pictured in May 2015) who she shares with her ex Tim Healy

Romance: Denise’s husband Lincoln Townley previously credited his wife with helping him to become sober, leading him to become one of the country’s most in-demand artists

‘We got to the point where we knew the best way to do it was to embrace sobriety together,’ he added.

Addressing their joint journey into sobriety, he shared: ‘We have known each other through a very dark time and we wanted to create something out of what we had. We’re here and we’re both very happy and that’s the way it works for us.’

Lincoln added that it’s ‘not hard’ to stay sober as the couple have plenty going on in their lives to keep them busy and focused.

Anyone battling similar issues can contact AA on 0800 917 7650 or email the helpline at [email protected].

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