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Tom Kerridge has revealed he would ‘drink beer in the shower’ at the height of his alcohol addiction before the fear of being dead by his 50th birthday made him go teetotal. 

The chef, 50, tipped the scales at 30st by the age of 40 and has now shed 12st through diet and exercise after quitting the booze. 

Tom, whose TV credits include MasterChef and The Great British Menu, gained a second Michelin star in 2012 for his gastropub and told of how alcohol became his ‘release’ from the pressures of his work. 

Speaking to Jake Humphrey and Prof. Damian Hughes on the High Performance podcast he revealed he would make his way through 16 pints of beer or larger, two pints of cocktail and half a bottle of gin, a night. 

The restauranteur later admitted his ‘addiction’ became so bad he couldn’t even drink non-alcoholic beers without drinking ‘eight of them in 20 minutes.’

Tom Kerridge has revealed he would 'drink beer in the shower' at the height of his bingeing before the fear of being dead by his 50the birthday made him go teetotal

Tom Kerridge has revealed he would ‘drink beer in the shower’ at the height of his bingeing before the fear of being dead by his 50the birthday made him go teetotal

The chef, 50, tipped the scales at 30st by the age of 40 and has now shed 12st through diet and exercise after quitting the booze (pictured in 2013)

The chef, 50, tipped the scales at 30st by the age of 40 and has now shed 12st through diet and exercise after quitting the booze (pictured in 2013)

He explained: ‘I never drank during the day until the last main course had gone. Then get a round of beers.

‘I would probably drink a pint of Negroni. I would probably do two. Then maybe six pints of Stella, six pints of lager, then there was a pub down the road that would be open until late, one or two in the morning.

‘So we’d get all the kitchen out and then I could easily do another six to eight bottles of Grolsch, but the pint-sized ones, or pints of lager.

‘I’d go home and I’d do a gin and tonic, but it would be a pint glass filled with ice and I’d pour the gin all the way to the top. And then I’d top it off with tonic.

‘I could do half a bottle of gin, 12 to 16 lagers, two massive Negronis every day. And that would be every day. And then some days it would be more.’

Tom revealed that he would also drink on his days off, getting ready to go out in the evening by having a beer in the shower. 

‘I’d go home and I’d be drinking lager in the shower as I was getting washed to go out. It was next level, like it was beyond, it was massive. I was just trying to release the energy and the levels of pressure,’ he continued. 

He only stopped when he realised he ‘needed to change’ for fear of not seeing his 50th birthday. 

Tom gained a second Michelin star in 2012 for his gastropub and told of how alcohol became his 'release' from the pressure of his work (pictured in September 2023)

Tom gained a second Michelin star in 2012 for his gastropub and told of how alcohol became his ‘release’ from the pressure of his work (pictured in September 2023)

Speaking on the High Performance podcast he revealed he would make his way through 16 pints of beer or larger, two pints of cocktail and half a bottle of gin, a night (pictured in 2010)

Speaking on the High Performance podcast he revealed he would make his way through 16 pints of beer or larger, two pints of cocktail and half a bottle of gin, a night (pictured in 2010)

However, after quitting booze completely, one of the scariest moments of being a non-drinker came two and a half years into being teetotal when he tried a non-alcoholic beer. 

Tom explained: ‘It still smells like beer, the taste, everything just suddenly connected – I did eight of them in 20 minutes. I was on it.

‘I found myself in this whole world again. It was terrifying. I was in that zone of chaos again.

‘That was the final point of just going ‘That’s it, I cannot associate, I can’t have anything non-alcoholic’, because it takes you into this world. There’s this demon thing that’s in there.’

‘That drive for perfection, it’s a flaw in my personality that then hit an addiction issue.

‘If I’m driving to this point and I’m pushing myself from 6/7am to midnight every single day, like it’s a seven-day-a-week operation. You always need that release.’ 

He only stopped when he realised he 'needed to change' for fear of not seeing his 50th birthday

He only stopped when he realised he ‘needed to change’ for fear of not seeing his 50th birthday

Describing his feelings in 2017 on how he looked before his transformation, the chef told The Sunday Times Magazine: ‘Mortified … I mean, it doesn’t even look like me. I was absolutely huge.’

He explained how he decided that he needed to change his diet during a moment of reflection around his 40th birthday.

‘Say we live to 80. Well, I thought, I’m halfway there. And then, I thought… I’m not going to get there. If I’m like this, I’m not going to make it,’ he said. 

The chef released a book that year entitled Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My Low-Carb, Stay-Happy Way To Lose Weight, which included low-calorie recipes he enjoyed eating while on his journey to losing weight.

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