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I drank 5 bottles of wine every day

Katie Hurley, 36, shared the realities of her journey from alcoholism to sobriety on TikTok, revealing how her addiction led her to drinking five bottles of wine a day at its worst.

“Alcohol doesn’t discriminate, and it only stops when it takes everything away from you and those you love. But recovery is possible and there is hope on the other side ” said Hurley, who lives in New Orleans. News week.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it is estimated that more than 140,000 people in the United States die each year from alcohol-related causes.

Hurley’s relationship with alcohol began at a young age and she admits it was never healthy.

On the left is Katie Hurley before she got sober, when she drank five bottles of wine a day, and on the right is a photo of Hurley after five years of sobriety. Hurley gained attention online for sharing the realities of his journey from alcoholism to sobriety.

“I was a problem drinker from about 16,” she said. “I never really had a good relationship with him. I remember my first drink in detail, which I don’t think people who drink normally think about.

“In my early 20s, I was basically an average college student. I was always going out, passing out, drinking excessively…but I took things to the extreme.”

When she was 25, she moved to Europe after a breakup and her drinking became even more out of control. Nicknamed “Wild Katie” by her friends, the fun quickly turned into a problem and at 26 she was forced to admit just how much of a problem drinking had become.

“I called my parents on Christmas Eve 2013 and let them know there was a problem. They are very supportive, I’m very lucky to have them,” she explained. “They took me home, saw there was a big problem and took me to my first rehab clinic.”

I hid bottles of wine in the house, I drank at work

Katie Hurley

Although the rehab experience was positive, she relapsed a few months later when things started to escalate again.

“I started hiding my drinking much more than ever before. I was hiding bottles of wine around the house, I was drinking at work,” she said. “A bottle of something in the laundry basket or under the bathroom sink became part of life. At that time, no one knew I drank.”

As the problem worsened, it became more difficult to hide it and had a greater impact on his health.

“I was also starting to feel really sick. I had a stomach ache – it turned out to be liver inflammation – I was throwing up, I was swollen and red,” she said.

Long-term impacts of excessive alcohol consumption include liver damage, heart problems, neurological and gastrointestinal problems, weakened immune systems, and mental health problems.

She eventually left her job, aware that her colleagues were becoming suspicious of her behavior. With no excuse to limit alcohol consumption during the day, the situation got even worse.

Katie before and after
On the left, Katie Hurley before she sought treatment for alcoholism, and on the right, a photo of her today. “Recovery is possible, and there is hope on the other side,” Hurley told Newsweek.

“I began to increase the consumption to about five bottles a day…I drank like this for about two months, gradually becoming sicker and sicker,” Hurley recalls.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, alcohol should be consumed in moderation by limiting consumption to two drinks or less per day for men and one drink or less for women.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines binge drinking for men as the typical consumption of 15 or more drinks per week, while for women it is defined as eight or more drinks per week.

Hurley’s wake-up call came in 2018, when she was hospitalized three times in a row. Doctors gave her a dire warning, telling her that if she continued to drink excessively, the outlook would be bleak.

Her father found her drinking one day, which started an argument.

“My dad caught me drinking a can of wine in the yard, which sent me over the edge,” Hurley said, and she left. on a “36-hour bender unlike anything I’ve ever done before.”

When Hurley finally returned home, her parents took her to the emergency room.

“I was placed on psychiatric hold and helped to detox from alcohol for a few days. It is very important to see a doctor when trying to stop drinking too much, as withdrawals can endangering life,” she said. “It was the most defeated and embarrassed moment I had ever felt, but it was also the moment when I had the most hope that I could truly get sober this time.”

After a 30-day treatment program, Hurley felt she was able to stop drinking and is now five years clean. Sharing his experience on TikTok, Hurley hopes to help reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and alcoholism.

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When it comes to staying sober, she admits there are societal challenges.

“Alcohol is cool, everyone uses it. It’s widely available and encouraged in most cultures,” she said. “Problem drinking is something we all grow up with in movies and in social situations. It seems normal. It’s the biggest challenge to quitting.”

Despite the challenges of getting sober, Hurley is excited about her new life.

“The benefits far outweigh the challenges. I have energy, I wake up without a hangover, I’m confident and calm,” she said.

“I am able to regulate my emotions and make decisions in a healthy way. I am able to maintain connections and friendships,” Hurley added. “I’m in a healthy, loving relationship. I truly appreciate the little things now and find joy in everyday life.

“It may seem difficult now, but your life will be much better on the other side.”

To learn more about treatment for all types of substance use disorders, visit FindTreatment.gov or call the national helpline of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health. Health and Social Services, at 1-800-662. -HELP (4357).

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