Teacher who downed three bottles of wine a night finally kicked secret addiction after a disastrous work Christmas party

A TEACHER who used to down three bottles of wine a night has finally kicked her 15-year secret alcohol habit – after a disastrous work Christmas party.

Pippa Head, 30, was told she might lose her dream job when she massively offended her colleagues at the do at a curry house last December.

The geography teacher told her line manager she thought he was “a bit useless” and a good friend she was overweight.

She didn't remember a thing – until a colleague texted the next day and warned she was in danger of losing her job.

It motivated her to get help, and she hasn't touched a drop since.

Pippa, from Croydon, south London, said: "I was very loud and over the top. I always needed to have the loudest voice.

"When we got to the curry I was so drunk I insulted one guy so badly I can't even think about it, and offended everyone else.

"I got my bag and left and my friend texted the next morning to say she didn't want to see me and I might lose my job.

"The message said my behaviour had been disgusting, I was a danger to myself, and it was absolutely shocking.

"None of them had ever been spoken to like that before."

Pippa began drinking age 15 as a mask for her anxiety and became known as "the one who gets really drunk at parties".

Miraculously she managed to hide her alcoholism from friends and family – and hold down a successful, stressful job at a school.

Pippa thinks people didn't focus on her drinking because she was functional.

"I was never late, never missed an appointment," she explained.

"As a teacher you are always on show so I used all the tricks, like makeup, baby wipes, mouth wash, coffee, sugar.

"I was able to get through on what I'd had the night before, but I'd be craving a drink by the end of the day.

"I would start to sweat, and I'd shake, but then it would be just a couple of hours until school ends and I could go to the pub."

Pippa started a new teaching job in September 2019 and promised herself she wouldn't allow her secret drinking to intrude.

Despite suffering blackouts and accidents, she managed to hide her habit because she was good at her job.

She said: "Every day after work I would share a bottle with a friend in the pub, then buy two more on the way home.

"I'd give my mum a glass of the second bottle, which I'd drink over supper.

"Then I'd take the third bottle to bed and drink until I passed out.

"But at work I was organised, always on time, clean and well turned out, and I did my job well."

Pippa is speaking out to remind others that women and functioning people with stable jobs can be alcoholics too.

I'm less bloated, have better skin, even my eyes look different, everyone says I look really good, even people who didn't know

After quitting the booze, she started swimming and doing meditation and journaling to combat stress, paid off £8,000 of debt and has now been approved for a mortgage.

"I started to feel the benefits quite quickly and that spurred me on," she said. "I was really surprised at how good I felt so fast.

"I'm less bloated, have better skin, even my eyes look different, everyone says I look really good, even people who didn't know.

"I go out now, and enjoy being with friends.

"Being a heavy drinker is so lonely – you go out to drink but not to see people.

"I do have fear, not that I will relapse, but alcohol is a scary thing that ruins families and lives.

"As a society we send positive messages about alcohol, in ways which we don't about smoking and other drugs.

"We advertise it, pink and low calorie for girls, and we don't advertise any of the negative effects of it,.

"Now I am educated about the effects, increases in susceptibility to breast cancer, the impact on memory, and the number of alcohol related deaths in the UK, I can't understand why anyone would ever want to drink."

If you need help, you can contact Alcoholics Anonymous, www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk and 0800 917 7650.

In other real life news, this ex-heroin addict mum has shared her incredible transformation of her recovery.

And this woman's husband ordered her out of the house after he discovered her hidden wine bottles.

Plus this woman admits to being a secret alcoholic at 32.

Source: Read Full Article