'I've done things that I'm not proud of': How newsreader Talitha Cummins ACCIDENTALLY revealed she was an alcoholic by posting a private blog entry on her Facebook page

  • Newsreader Talitha Cummins ousted herself as an alcoholic on Facebook
  • The Sydney journalist posted a private blog on her public page in 2012
  • The mother-of-one said the positive reaction pushed her to stay sober  
  • The 36-year-old, who started drinking at 14, has been sober for four years 
  • Her drinking problem almost cost Cummins her job at the Seven Network 
  • Cummins has been four years sober and detailed her struggle to stay dry 
  • Her story, The Big Dry, airs on Australian Story on Monday at 8pm on ABC

Journalist Talitha Cummins was just four months sober when she accidentally told the world of her struggle with alcoholism by posting a private blog on her public Facebook page. 

Cummins said she wasn't ready yet for everyone to know about her secret but her unintentional slip was the best thing she's ever done.

'It was around the time when you didn't look at Facebook every two minutes on your phone, you had to log onto a computer and when I checked that it was also public on my page I saw the responses had just blown up. People were really supportive,' she told The Sun-Herald

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Sydney-based journalist Talitha Cummins accidentally told the world of her struggle with alcoholism by posting a private blog on her public Facebook page four years ago 

Sydney-based journalist Talitha Cummins accidentally told the world of her struggle with alcoholism by posting a private blog on her public Facebook page four years ago 

The 36-year-old, who started drinking at 14, has been sober for four years and gave birth to her son, Oliver, in August 

The 36-year-old, who started drinking at 14, has been sober for four years and gave birth to her son, Oliver, in August 

The Sydney-based journalist said her ousting pushed her to work harder to remain sober. 

This week - four years later - the new mum opened up further about her addiction to alcohol, her daily battle to avoid drinking and how her life has improved.

Cummins, who gave birth to her first child in August, a baby boy named Oliver Paul Lucas, described herself as the modern face of alcoholism - young, professional, educated and high-functioning.

But it has been a long road to recovery for the 36-year-old newsreader, originally from the Gold Coast, who delivers the morning headlines on the Seven Network's Weekend Sunrise.

Cummins started binge drink when she was 14 years old and shares her story of alcoholism on Monday night's Australian Story on the ABC.

Cummins, a newsreader for the Seven Network, said she was only four months sober and wasn't ready for everyone to know about her alcoholism but her unintentional slip pushed her to stay sober 

Cummins, a newsreader for the Seven Network, said she was only four months sober and wasn't ready for everyone to know about her alcoholism but her unintentional slip pushed her to stay sober 

At the height of her alcoholism, she would consume up to four bottles of wine a night. 

As soon as Cummins had one drink, she said it would unleash an 'unstoppable need' for more and more.

'I've done things that I'm not proud of and I've done things that I probably won't ever remember,' the newsreader said.

'I went to the media awards in Brisbane all dressed up in a formal dress and proceeded to drink myself into oblivion. I was told I was carried into a car to be sent home.'

Cummins also recalls the moment she ended up in hospital because of her drinking.

'Holding it all together was becoming a really hard act. I ended up in hospital on a weekend and got my stomach pumped,' she said.

'Trying to pretend everything was normal was no longer sustainable.'

Fellow newsreader and friend Chris Bath said Cummins' colleagues did not notice she had a problem.

'Television is this bright, shiny, fabulous facade. When you're a news presenter you put on a mask most of the time. Talitha fooled everyone,' Bath said.

Fellow newsreader and friend Chris Bath (pictured) told Australian Story 'the threat of losing her job made [Cummins] sober up'

Fellow newsreader and friend Chris Bath (pictured) told Australian Story 'the threat of losing her job made [Cummins] sober up'

On top of drinking, Cummins was fighting serious depression, and had overdosed and had to be rescued by a friend.

When her boss at Channel Seven confronted her, the newsreader finally found the strength to take action.

Bath told Australian Story 'the threat of losing her job made [Cummins] sober up'.

Cummins signed up for Alcoholics Anonymous and the online help site Hello Sunday Morning.

Australian Story: The Big Dry airs on Monday from 8pm on the ABC and ABC iView. 

 

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