Chrissy Teigen Cuts Back on Booze: 'I Have to Fix Myself'

By Kelly Burch 08/24/17

The model and TV host recently reflected on her decision to curb her drinking.

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"I was, point blank, just drinking too much."

Model Chrissy Teigen, who has been open about her struggles to conceive with husband, Grammy-winning musician John Legend, is once again speaking about a taboo topic: this time, her decision to stop drinking.

"I was, point blank, just drinking too much," Teigen told Cosmopolitan. "I got used to being in hair and makeup and having a glass of wine. Then that glass of wine would carry over into me having one before the awards show. And then a bunch at the awards show.”

Once she began regretting behavior that happened when she was drinking, she knew it was time to give up booze. “I felt bad for making kind of an ass of myself to people that I really respected. And that feeling, there's just nothing like that. You feel horrible. It's not a good look for me, for John, for anybody,” she said.

Teigen, who is a spokesperson for Captain Morgan rum and Smirnoff vodka, said that the focus on partying in celebrity culture made it easy to drink too much. "Imagine everything we have. Everything is there, always. I don't know how to go to an awards show and not drink,” she said.

Teigen said that she “can't just have one drink,” and that she knew "alcohol is like the least thing that helps” with her postpartum depression and anxiety issues. Although she didn’t use the terms "alcoholic" or "addict," she did say that she knew she had a problem, especially since her family has a history of alcohol addiction.

"Nobody really brought it up to me," Teigen said. "They just assumed that it was OK because I always felt OK the next morning. I knew in my heart it wasn't right. It makes you very short with people. People think it's cutesy and fun to go on these boozy brunches, but there's more to it. I've never once been like, 'I'm sure glad I had that boozy brunch!’"

During a trip to Bali with Legend and their 16-month-old daughter, Teigen gave up drinking and said she immediately started feeling better. "I would wake up feeling amazing. My skin felt amazing. I was just so happy,” she said.

Although she hasn’t committed to abstinence forever, Teigen recognized that she needed to make changes, especially as she and Legend prepare to go through the stressful process of in vitro fertilization to try for a second child.

"I used to think it was kind of nutty to have to go totally sober," Teigen said, "but now I get it. I don't want to be that person…I have to fix myself."

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