Kerry Katona has admitted for the first time she is an alcoholic, it was reported today.
The former Atomic Kitten singer previously denied a drinking problem after viewers watched an erratic TV chatshow appearance which she blamed on medication.
But the 28-year-old told The People: ‘Four years ago I was diagnosed as an alcoholic after a stay in The Priory clinic.
‘This is not common knowledge as I’ve never admitted it before.
‘Along with my bi-polar disorder this is an ongoing battle I will face for the rest of my life. Yes, I still have a drink when I want to, like any other 28-year-old woman.
‘During my worst drinking bouts I’d easily knock back ten to 15 shots of vodka or peach schnapps.
‘I can get through days without a drink but it’s hard.
‘I never promise myself or my family that I can beat this addiction but I’ll try bloody hard.’
The mother-of-four has faced a string of public problems in her personal and professional life since her pop star days and spent time in The Priory clinic in London four years ago.
But Katona, who was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, and her husband Mark Croft stressed that alcohol was not to blame for her slurring her words on ITV’s This Morning last month.
The couple, who live in Cheshire, said her behaviour was down to taking medication late the night before her interview with Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton, in which they asked her if she had a drink problem.