Susanna Reid reveals she’s so strict on booze ban she didn’t even have champagne on her 50th birthday

SUSANNA Reid has revealed she didn’t have champagne on her 50th birthday because she's determined to stick to her booze ban.

The Good Morning Britain star quit alcohol two years ago after doctors warned her drinking was aggravating her skin and causing blood vessels in her face to burst – leaving permanent scarring.

The presenter told The Times she had a glass of champagne at Christmas, but didn't bother with fizz on her milestone birthday just two weeks before.

She added: "I’m rather glad I’ve given up drink because lockdown drinking, the pandemic prosecco, has been a serious issue."

Speaking about why she shunned alcohol, she told the publication in 2019: “I gave up because a doctor told me to. I was concerned because my skin was flushed, I kept getting flare-ups and blemishes, and they were leaving red scars.

“I’d tried all manner of creams and washes, but I knew deep down that what was happening to my skin was probably a manifestation of what I was putting into my body.”

Before she stopped, Susanna said she “loved drinking” and admitted some of her favourite memories were fuelled by alcohol.

She said: "My favourite nights were spent at the Groucho sipping crisp, cold, dry white wine, and ending with vodka shots in dark corners of clubs in Soho.

"I loved the whole bacchanalian pleasure of alcohol: the fizz of prosecco, the soft bubbles of pink champagne, the rich depths of a pint of Guinness, the decadence of a shot of spirits. I had no issues with how it affected my behaviour — I had a lot of fun and no one got hurt.”

Susanna, who is mum to sons Sam, 19, Finn, 17, and Jack, 16, from her relationship with Dominic Cotton, 51, said she quit boozing in August last year but admitted she has broken her abstinence eight times.

She added: "It’s a bit like the end of a relationship when you’re not quite ready to say it’s really over. There are times you fall back into it."

“Each time, I regretted the alcohol. It either made me grouchy or took me days to recover.”

Since she stopped drinking, Susanna said she’d lost over 1.5 stone in weight and didn’t suffer from lethargy or bad skin flare ups.

Susanna admitted the downside to her quitting the bottle was being branded “boring” by friends, including her Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan, 55.

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