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Geordie Shore's Aaron Chalmers sank 15 beers a night to cope in anxiety battle

Geordie Shore's Aaron Chalmers sank 15 beers a night to cope in anxiety battle

4/22/2021 9:59:00 AM

Geordie Shore 's Aaron Chalmers sank 15 beers a night to cope in anxiety battle

Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers has recalled drinking '12 to 15 beers every night' during a battle with anxiety in the first lockdown

Aaron had turned to the bottle as a means of coping, and drank "12 to 15" bottles of beer every night.The reality star-turned-MMA fighter, 33, has now celebrated his eight-month sobriety milestone after reassessing his relationship with alcohol.

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He's also welcomed his second son with partner Talia Oatway, and the future is looking bright.He explained that this time last year he was "in one of the worst states I've ever been in with the Covid, I had just lost an MMA fight, everything was going downhill because of alcohol."

Aaron added: "Me and my missus had just split up, lost a fight and I was just in a bad way. The anxiety was just the worst it had ever been."I took the decision on August 16 th to have a year off of drink and now I am eight months in, I don’t think I'll go back to it." headtopics.com

Drinking between 12 and 15 "big bottles" of beer every night, Aaron ate just one fast food meal a day, smoked 40 to 50 cigarettes, and "ballooned" to 20kg over his fighting weight.He told that his anxiety became its worst when work dried up because of the pandemic as he worried about how he could provide for his kids and dogs with no money coming in.

Partner Talia convinced Aaron to seek the help of a therapist a few years back when the onset of anxiety meant he wasn't able to leave the house to go to the shops.And reflecting on his decision to ditch booze in August, Aaron proudly said: "Things have turned out for the better, it's been probably the best eight months I've had in a long time."

He now wants to help others going through similar struggles, saying "one 30 minute phone call could change their whole life" and urging them to seek help.Aaron also reckons men find discussing their mental health difficult, but insists they shouldn't feel "embarrassed" or that it "makes you less of a man."

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