Irish author Marian Keyes speaks candidly about her alcohol addiction.

Following the success of 'Watermelon' writer Marian Keyes appears on ‘Kenny Live’ to promote her follow up novel ‘Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married’. She speaks about her relationship with alcohol, revealing she took her first alcoholic drink when she was 14 years old. A naturally shy person, Marian Keyes discovered alcohol,

Transformed me, it was like being given the keys to the kingdom.

Initially Marian Keyes did not drink heavily or frequently. She describes herself as a binge drinker who was able to achieve academically, hold down a job and have a semblance of a life when she was not drinking.

I always thought because I didn’t drink every day I wasn’t an alcoholic.

Things came to a head when aged 30, Marian Keyes took an overdose of antidepressants. This cry for help was a turning point, as her family arranged for her to attend Rutland Centre in Dublin for addiction treatment. Even then Marian Keyes did not think she was an alcoholic,

Denial is such an inbuilt part of alcoholism that you know I was drinking alcoholically for years and hiding it from myself.

Leaving the Rutland Centre Marian Keyes had a different perspective. She was relieved to find her friends had stuck by her and one of them, Tony Baines, become her husband.

Marian Keyes knows she can never drink again citing the mantra for recovering alcoholics,

One day at a time.

This episode of ‘Kenny Live’ was broadcast on 28 September 1996. The presenter is Pat Kenny.