Susannah Constantine: I’m a recovering alcoholic

Susannah Constantine has revealed she is an alcoholic and has been in recovery for nearly seven years.

The former What Not To Wear host, 58, said she previously felt "a lot of shame" about her drinking.

But the presenter said it has been "liberating" to acknowledge being an alcoholic.

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NOTE CONTENT. Fashion experts Trinny Woodall (left) and Susannah Constantine pose naked, joined by hundreds of volunteers to celebrate the country's finest forms by creating a living sculpture on the side of a hill near Lewes, Sussex. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Susannah Constantine representing Elephant Family and Donna Air representing Elephant Family attend BGC Charity Day at One Churchill Place on September 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Susannah Constantine attends the red carpet launch for 'Strictly Come Dancing 2018' at Old Broadcasting House on August 27, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Susannah Constantine attends the red carpet launch for 'Strictly Come Dancing 2018' at Old Broadcasting House on August 27, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall during a video shoot for their original Magic Knickers range on July 18, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Trinny & Susannah)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall pose during a video shoot for their original Magic Knickers range on July 18, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Trinny & Susannah)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall pose during a video shoot for their original Magic Knickers range on July 18, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Trinny & Susannah)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine pose at the Westfield Fashion Therapy launch event at the Sydney Cricket Ground on September 28, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. British fashion advisors and TV presenters, Trinny and Susannah are in Australia for the Wesfield Therapy Tour and to film 'Makeover Mission' for the LifeStyle YOU channel. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE - OCTOBER 31: (L-R) Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine host MasterCard's Style in the City at the V&A Waterfront on October 31, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 23: Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine pose for a photograph as they showcase their 'Original Magic Knickers' range at Debenhams Oxford Street on April 23, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Trinny Woodall And Susannah Constantine At The Littlewoods Autumn Fashion Show At The In And Out Club In London. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 30: Susannah Constantine is seeen after a fashion show to unveil the new Littlewoods Direct Collection on September 30, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Fashion gurus Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall pose for pictures with TV Presenter Izabela Chudzicka in Merrian Square Gardens, Dublin, to kick-start the Style in the City Fashion and Beauty show which runs until September 14th. (Photo by Niall Carson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
OLD WINDSOR - JUNE 26: Stylist Susannah Constantine (L) and TV presenter Divina McCall (R) arrive at Elton John's White Tie And Tiara Ball on June 26, 2008 in Old Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 29: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Richard James, Bianca Jagger, David Furnish and Susannah Constantine attend the party to celebrate 15 years of Savile Row tailor Richard James hosted by the editor of GQ Dylan Jones, at The Lanesborough Hotel on April 29, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
NOTE CONTENT. Fashion experts Trinny Woodall (centre, left) and Susannah Constantine (centre, right) pose naked, joined by hundreds of volunteers to celebrate the country's finest forms by creating a living sculpture on the side of a hill near Lewes, Sussex. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
NOTE CONTENT. Fashion experts Trinny Woodall (second, right) and Susannah Constantine (right) pose naked, joined by hundreds of volunteers to celebrate the country's finest forms by creating a living sculpture on the side of a hill near Lewes, Sussex. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
NOTE CONTENT. Fashion expert Susannah Constantine (centre, in foil) is joined by hundreds of naked volunteers to celebrate the country's finest forms by creating a living sculpture on the side of a hill near Lewes, Sussex. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 04: UK celebrity stylists Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine launch their new tour at Westfield Bondi Junction on March 4, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: ( L - R ) Trinny Woodall with Susannah Constantine attend a photocall for the Launch of the Littlewoods Direct Spring/Summer Collection at Claridge's Hotel on February 18 , 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Simon James/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
Susannah Constantine Attends The Second Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Party At Hampton Court Palace In London. . (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Television presenters Trinny Woodall (centre right) and Susannah Constantine (centre) lead almost 900 women in throwing their old bras into the air in Rothwell town square in Rothwell, Northamptonshire. (Photo by Clara Molden - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Trinny Woodall (left) and Susannah Constantine, arrives for the TV Baftas, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 24: British television presenters Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall attend the British Book Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on February 24, 2003 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 24: Swedish television presenter Ulrika Jonsson and British television presenters Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall attend the British Book Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on February 24, 2003 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Susannah Bertelsen, nee Constantine (left), with fellow columnist Trinny Woodall, arrive for the World Premiere of "Mickey Blue Eyes", starring Hugh Grant, at the Odeon West End in London. (Photo by Michael Crabtree - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 10: Odeon Liecester Sq, London, Susannah Constantine & Trinni Woodhall, "Mickey Blue Eyes" Premiere (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Susannah Constantine during her wedding to Sten Bertelsen. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
David Armstrong Jones, Viscount Linley, with socialite Susannah Constantine attending a party held by Lady Theresa Manners in London, June 27th 1985. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (left) with his girlfriend, fashion journalist Susannah Constantine, at a performance of the ballet 'Sleeping Beauty' at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 30th April 1985. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
David Armstrong Jones, Viscount Linley, and British socialite Susannah Constantine at Heathrow Airport in London, England, 17th February 1985. (Photo by David Parker/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant said: "It's not something I've spoken about before really, but it's important.

"I'm in recovery, so I'm an alcoholic and I've been in recovery for nearly seven years now," she told the My Mate Bought A Toaster podcast.

"As an addict, often what you would do, and certainly what I did, I would put all my own defects – I would find someone else to attach them to.

Susannah Constantine (left) and Trinny Woodall
Constantine, left, starred alongside Trinny Woodall on What Not To Wear (Zak Hussein/PA)

"And so I thought my husband was passive aggressive, but actually I was the one who was passive aggressive.

"And that I've realised over time and being in recovery.

"I was the awful, angry ­passive-aggressive and my poor ­husband was the one who had to live with it."

Constantine, who has previously spoken about giving up drinking, has been in recovery since 2013.

She told the podcast about the moment she acknowledged she had a problem.

"It was so liberating. I felt a lot of shame most of the time... the relief was so immense because I could change it.

"I wasn't having to try and change someone else. It was down to me.

"I was responsible and accountable for becoming a better person and getting sober and well.

"And so it was the most extraordinary relief to have that lightbulb moment."

Asked if she drank while she was working and whether it affected her work, Constantine replied: "No, I was highly functioning."

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