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Home and Away: Emily Weir, 31, discusses alcohol addiction battle


Home and Away actress Emily Weir, 31, details alcohol addiction battle after suffering from ‘crippling anxiety’ for years: ‘I was reliant on booze’

Home and Away actress Emily Weir has revealed how her lengthy struggle with ‘crippling anxiety’ eventually led to a battle with alcohol addiction.  

On Thursday, the 31-year-old told Who Magazine she would regularly use red wine as a crutch, after having a ‘nervous breakdown’ and panic attacks from the age of 19 and not knowing how to cope.

Weir, who is now sober, said she later found help through Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings and counselling sessions, and wants to talk about her journey to ‘raise awareness’ about addiction. 

Speaking out: Home and Away actress Emily Weir has revealed how her lengthy struggle with 'crippling anxiety' eventually led to a battle with alcohol addiction

Speaking out: Home and Away actress Emily Weir has revealed how her lengthy struggle with ‘crippling anxiety’ eventually led to a battle with alcohol addiction 

‘The more you shine a light on anxiety and addiction, the less power it has,’ she said.

‘It’s definitely not easy, but by speaking out, I hope anyone else who is struggling realises that these issues can and do affect anyone – and I’m passionate about shining that light on something that affects so many of us.’

Emily said she first began experiencing anxiety and panic attacks when she was just 19, shortly after her parents divorced.

At that time, she said she endured ‘what was effectively a nervous breakdown’ yet had no idea what anxiety was, as it wasn’t commonly discussed at the time. 

'The more you shine a light on anxiety and addiction, the less power it has,' Emily told Who Magazine this week

‘The more you shine a light on anxiety and addiction, the less power it has,’ Emily told Who Magazine this week

Emily said that she began to turn to alcohol to cope and eventually became ‘reliant on booze’, before having an epiphany after ‘one messy night too far’ that led her to address her issues.

She has since learned to manage her addiction with the help of AA and counselling sessions.

‘I feel very lucky to have found the help that I needed,’ she added. ‘There’s no right or wrong way through this for anyone, but I am fortunate I found a way that works for me.’

Emily landed her breakthrough role as restaurateur Mackenzie on Home and Away in 2019.

'I feel very lucky to have found the help that I needed,' she added. 'There's no right or wrong way through this for anyone, but I am fortunate I found a way that works for me'

‘I feel very lucky to have found the help that I needed,’ she added. ‘There’s no right or wrong way through this for anyone, but I am fortunate I found a way that works for me’

Prior to that, she appeared in the TV series The Sleepover Club in 2003.

Emily described her casting on Home and Away as like a dream come true in an interview with Stuff New Zealand in the same year.

‘It was like winning the Lotto for myself and for all my extended family members,’ she said.

‘My family still watches Home and Away. They call it Homie. When Homie is on … everything just shuts down. You are not allowed to make calls or anything.’

For support for alcohol-related problems and addiction you can contact Turning Point Services, or one of the many other services available, speak to your GP, local health service or call a helpline.

There are trained telephone counsellors available in all Australian states and territories.

Fame: Emily landed her breakthrough role as restaurateur Mackenzie on Home and Away in 2019

Fame: Emily landed her breakthrough role as restaurateur Mackenzie on Home and Away in 2019

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