Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About Her Past Struggles With Alcohol

"I was, point blank, just drinking too much." 

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Chrissy Teigen is cutting down on the wine these days. The model/author recently revealed that she's struggled with alcohol in the past, telling Cosmopolitan that she's the type who "can't just have one drink."

"I was, point blank, just drinking too much," she said, after explaining that she and her family recently attended a wellness retreat in Bali in an effort to do a "reset" on her health.

"I got used to being in hair and makeup and having a glass of wine. Then that glass of wine would carry over into me having one before the awards show. And then a bunch at the awards show," she continued. "And then I felt bad for making kind of an ass of myself to people that I really respected. And that feeling, there's just nothing like that. You feel horrible. It's not a good look for me, for John, for anybody."

Teigen, who has "a history of alcohol abuse in her family," went on to explain how hard it is to cut back on alcohol when it's so readily available.

"Imagine everything we have," she said. "Everything is there, always. I don't know how to go to an awards show and not drink."

None of her friends or family ever brought up her drinking habits, though.

"Nobody really brought it up to me," Teigen shared. "They just assumed that it was OK because I always felt OK the next morning. I knew in my heart it wasn't right. It makes you very short with people. People think it's cutesy and fun to go on these boozy brunches, but there's more to it. I've never once been like, 'I'm sure glad I had that boozy brunch!'"

Turns out, Bali was the answer for Teigen — she totally abstained from drinking during her time there, and hopes to stick to it now that she's back home in Los Angeles.

"I used to think it was kind of nutty to have to go totally sober, but now I get it," she said. "I don't want to be that person. ... I have to fix myself."

[Photo: Getty Images]

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