‘I have a problem with alcohol’ Chef Tom Kerridge suffered relapse with drinking on 40th

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Tom Kerridge, 47, has opened up on his relationship with alcohol in a new interview. The Michelin-starred chef, who is now teetotal, admitted having an issue with drinking and recalled a five-day bender to mark his 40th birthday after previously quitting alcohol.

Tom said that leading up to his milestone birthday, he wanted to “get to grips” with his life so he stopped drinking.

However, an outing to mark his big day caused a relapse, during the very “difficult” first year.

A week of excess followed and ultimately prompted Tom to get back on the wagon.

He has told The Andy Jaye Podcast: “I got to the point where I was 39 approaching 40, and it wasn’t a health issue, but it was a case of that age of reflection on how old you are, where you are, what you’re doing, what’s happening in your life.

“You do kind of think, ‘OK, I need to do something here’.

“I made massive lifestyle changes – I stopped drinking, stopped trying to be a massive idiot, and just kind of got to grips with my life.

“I would quite happily admit that I have an issue and a problem with alcohol. I have a problem with excess,” he continued.

He then went on to recall his birthday outing to illustrate the point.

“Everything has to be 100 per cent… Like my 40th birthday, I thought I’d have a drink… and that turned into a five-day bender.

“There were a couple of moments in that first year and then after that, that had to be it.”

After quitting the booze and making a few lifestyle changes, Tom lost 12 stone in the following five years.

He had been 30 stone when he turned 40.

He has previously said giving up alcohol was as much about the mindset as it was about cutting the calories.

During an appearance on Good Morning Britain, he said: ‘Drinking on diets isn’t good – and that’s on any diet.

“It’s not a calorie thing or the sugar content, it’s the mindset.”

Last year, he recorded a BBC series Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge following his impressive transformation.

In addition to his TV work, Tom and his wife Beth run The Hand and Flowers gastropub in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

It gained its first Michelin star within a year of its opening in 2005.

It is now the only pub to have two Michelin stars.

Listen to the full interview on The Andy Jaye Podcast – out now.

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