This Morning star Dr Zoe Williams bravely opens up on her mother’s ‘alcoholism and suicide attempts’
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This Morning star Dr Zoe Williams has bravely opened up on her struggles growing up with an alcoholic mother.
The 40 year old, who works as a doctor on the hit morning television show, has revealed how she used to beg her mother to stop drinking when she was a teenager.
Zoe, who does not have children of her own, wrote about how her mother Marilyn’s unsuccessful attempts to take her own life affected her.
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In an article for The Sun, the star wrote: "I was barely 16 when I stood before my mum, pleading and crying, before going to school.
"I was begging her to choose me instead of alcohol. Mum tried to take her own life several times in the grip of her addiction.
"She wasn’t successful but her attempts made it clear living was excruciating for her.”
Zoe explained how her mother had began as a social drinker but things changed when she started a new relationship when the doctor was just 14.
She revealed: “What began as a few cans of beer in the evening with her partner soon became a bottle of wine, then two.
“By the time I started A-levels, she was drinking vodka daily and in the grip of an addiction that would shorten her life.”
The brunette beauty then went on to reveal how drinking changed her mother.
She said: “We had been so close. She was the most nurturing, caring woman. She loved looking after everyone and nothing was too much effort.
“But all that changed when she became an alcoholic.”
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The star then revealed that at the age of 19 she left home due to her mother’s alcoholism but concedes not everyone “has that option”.
She continued: “Sofa-surfing and living with friends was easier to me than dealing with Mum’s unpredictability, anger and physical decline.”
The co-star of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield then added that although her mother got help from doctors alcohol still caused her demise.
She said: “Mum hated being told what to do in rehab so would leave. I was at medical school when I finally accepted Mum would drink herself into an early grave."
Her mother sadly passed away in 2017 from alcohol-related heart failure with her son Linton at her side.
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