Danniella Westbrook’s addiction struggles turned kids against alcohol

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Danniella Westbrook’s addiction struggles turned kids against alcohol



Danniella’s struggles have turned her kids against drinking and drugs (Picture: WireImage)After revealing her own struggles with drink, Danniella Westbrook has said her children now aren’t interested in drinking alcohol after seeing what their mum has gone through
The former EastEnders actress, 45, who has been open about her cocaine addiction, admitted Kai, 22, and 18-year-old Jodie aren’t tempted by alcohol or drugs because they’ve witnessed their mother’s ‘decline’ firsthand.
Earlier this year the actress headed to rehab for three months, with the help of Jeremy Kyle, after she admitted to using cocaine weekly.
‘I was 14 years clean until my relapse, they see the decline in me and thought no way to drink and drugs,’ she said on Jeremy Vine this week.
She added of her son’s first alcoholic drink: ‘When I lived in the States [where the legal drinking age is 21], we moved back when Kai was 16, so it was never an issue, I was in recovery.
‘We came back and his friends gave him pressure to drink, at parties and things like that.’

Danniella went to rehab following her Jeremy Kyle appearance (Picture: ITV)Danniella said if Kai was going to drink she wanted him to do it in front of her, so he could learn his limits in a safer environment.
‘We were at a friend’s barbecue so decided he could do it in front of us, know your limits, don’t be that kid on Facebook, face down in a bush being sick,’ she said.
‘Neither of my kids really drink.’
She said of the difference in attitude towards alcohol she has with her brother: ‘I thought my brother did it to make me look bad, we’d go for dinner and he’d leave half a glass of wine, so I’d neck it.
‘We have the same parents, [but] he isn’t an alcoholic or an addict, and I am.’
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Danniella previous said of her cocaine use she was taking it because she was ‘unhappy’: ‘Not a lot, a 40 – half a gram. Maybe once a week. Listen, if I had the money, I would be back to where I used to be – doing 11 bags a day. I’ll be straight up honest with you, I would.’
When Jeremy asked ‘So the only reason that you’re not doing more coke is you can’t afford it?’ she replied: ‘No, it’s not that I can’t afford it – I’ve got other things to do.’

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