I’m a secret alcoholic at 32, no one knows I down 20 drinks a night & hide wine in my wardrobe to stop my morning shakes

A WOMAN who struggled with alcoholism for five years has revealed she has 20 drinks a NIGHT and hides booze in her wardrobe to stop her morning shakes.

Appearing on Addicted Australia, 32-year-old student administrator Heidi revealed that her friends and family are unaware of the extent of her drinking.

Fighting back tears, Heidi said she's struggled to be honest with her loved ones because she can't even make sense of her drinking problem herself.

She said: "I think if I said to people that I drink in the morning and I drink at work and I drink when I get home, it wouldn't make sense, because it doesn't make sense.

"There's this idea that if you are addicted to whatever it is, you're to be shamed so I don't say anything."

The admin worker, from Melbourne, admitted that drinking first became a problem in her mid-twenties.

Although she'd regularly drink on social occasions, she began secretly boozing at home as she approached 30 and is now "never sober".

She said: "People think you'll be stumbling down the street and not able to speak properly, but for me drinking serves the opposite purpose."

What's more, Heidi claims she is often three times over the drink driving limitand says her alcohol consumption is what "gives [her] life."

By appearing on the show, Heidi joins nine other addicts hoping to turn their lives around at the six-month treatment facility Turning Point.

NHS guidance on alcohol consumption:

According to the NHS, regularly drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week risks damaging your health.

To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level if you drink most weeks:

  • men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis 
  • spread your drinking over 3 or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week
  • if you want to cut down, try to have several drink-free days each week

If you're pregnant or think you could become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.

You read more on the NHS website

As she enters the treatment facility, Heidi has to give up alcohol for the first time in years.

She said: "It's really confronting to be in a space where you need to ask for help. 

'But I need it and I'm so glad I'm getting it."

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