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    Posted: 31 May 2011 at 10:57

'I didn’t fall off the wagon, I stepped off it': Denise Welch explains why she's started drinking again

By Jody Thompson

Last updated at 9:43 AM on 31st May 2011

Loose Women star Denise Welch has confessed that she's started drinking again following years battling booze and drugs - but claims she made an informed choice to get back on the bottle.

Earlier this month, the 52-year-old was spotted looking in high spirits out in London's Soho looking sweaty and kissing a mystery man before cuddling up to another.

However, in a bid to set the record straight about her behaviour, Denise insists that she's not got a drink problem.


Not a problem: Loose Woman star Denise Welch admits that she did previously go to Alcoholics Anonymous over her drinking but doesn't have a problem now


Party girl: A sweaty Denise was seen kissing a man and cuddling another in London earlier this month

Talking to this week's Woman magazine, she said: 'I’m very easily led and if I walk into a party everyone is holding out drinks, waiting for me to live up to my reputation. It’s like a challenge for me.'


The mother-of-two admitted that while on Coronation Street, her drinking and drug-taking got to such a level that her co-star Kevin Kennedy took her to Alcoholics Anonymous.

She continued: 'I stopped drinking completely but I chose to start drinking again. I didn’t fall off the wagon, I stepped off it.


Cover girl: Denise poses for her photo shoot in this week's Woman magazine

'I drink at parties, I drink at awards dos, I drink when I am out with my mates and that’s when you get all the pap snaps of drunk Denise.'


Professional: Denise, seen here arriving at the Loose Women studios last week, says she's only missed work once because of drinking

The star insisted: 'But bar one time (on Dancing On Ice) when I missed an 8am call, I have never missed a meeting, a photoshoot or been late for work.'

However, she did confess that perhaps she needed to reign in her behaviour a bit.

She mused: 'I want to get some discipline in my life. I don’t want to be the old drunk staggering round Soho House in 10 years’ time...

'After a night out, my first thought in the morning is: "Oh God, Denise, what did you do?" I am mortified when I see pictures of me flashing my knickers...

'It embarrasses my kids. I am an embarrassment.'

Nevertheless, Denise denied she was a 'slummy mummy' though she confessed: 'I think I’ve become a sort of cartoon character.'

Denise added: 'I am my own worst enemy because I play up to the image, but people make assumptions about me that are so totally off the mark.’

One of the stars of this year's Dancing On Ice, Denise, who has been married to her Benidorn star husband Tim Healy, 59, for 21 years, told the magazine: 'Okay, I am not a conventional mother.

'I hardly ever cook and when I do occasionally do the school run it’ll be in my pyjama bottoms and last night’s make-up. But my boys (Matt, 22, and Louis, 10) are my life.

'I have major guilt issues about working away; the hardest thing about the Dancing On Ice tour was being away from home.'


Denise confessed however that her sons were worried about her drinking, saying: 'Matt is like Saffy from Ab Fab. I’ve never seen him drunk, he’s like my conscience.

'He’s the one who tells me off for drinking, he’s the one who tells me it’s time to stop the party at 4am. Louis is more like me, he’ll be a party boy.'

The former Coronation Street star also talked about her marriage to Tim, following her recent revelations that she'd had an affair.

She explained: 'There is a perception that Tim is the long-suffering husband and I’m bad Denise. It’s not true. We’ve both, by our own admission, strayed.

'But we have both chosen to remain together because it’s what we want. Marriage is tough...We’ve admitted our mistakes and have been together 22 years.

'Tim’s not easy, I’m not easy but we understand each other, we have a lot of good times and we are a unit.'

Read the full interview with Denise is this week's Woman magazine, out today.

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I still think she's lucky her husband stays with her, he seems to have MUG written all over his face imo.
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