I'm A Celebrity 2019: 'I Don't Want To Be That Person': Richard Reid's Rock Bottom That Led To Sobriety
Hollywood insider Richard Reid has opened up about the events that led him to give up drinking altogether.
Speaking to Justin Lacko, Reid revealed that he used to have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.
“I look back at when I drank… I would drink to celebrate, I would drink when I was depressed, I would drink when I was tired!” Richard told Justin.
I’d go to a club and I’d be like, ‘I’m drunk...Let me drink some more!’ Like I’m not having a good time I’ll get really drunk.
Richard revealed that following several episodes, he gave up drinking and has been sober for seven years.
“I had several incidents back-to-back that I’m not proud of,” Richard admitted. At one stage he was hospitalised, thinking he was having a heart attack, suffering from severe dehydration.
On another occasion, Richard told Justin, one year he was extremely hungover after the Logies and had to attend a meeting.
"I groped a journalist... they tell me I tried to urinate in a potted plant," Richard tells Justin the shocking events that lead him to give up drinking. Image: Network 10.“I took a sleeping pill, I didn’t go to sleep I fell into a trance and raided the mini bar,” Richard told Justin.
He then said he went to the meeting, drunk, and grabbed a journalist’s breasts before attempting to urinate on a plant. None of which, Richard said, he had any recollection of.
“It was at a contract signing,” Richard explained, assuming that his actions at the meeting would result in the contract’s termination, but he was surprised that the contract was upheld, resulting in him filing a column for a year.
“I had to write that column every week for a year, and every time I had to do it I was reminded of the humiliation that I felt. I was just so ashamed because I’m not like that.”
Richard then said that feeling of humiliation was what made him decide to give up drinking, despite how difficult it has been over the seven years.
Enough’s enough, I don’t want to be that person, so then I was just like… I’m done.
“It’s been hard,” he admitted, “It’s really hard when people say you’re no fun. I’m like, I’m fun I’m just not drunk!”