On July 10, Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton spoke out on reaching three years without alcohol in a touching video.
Three years ago, Heaton made the choice to get sober as she reached her 60s. Knowing that she was becoming too dependent and eager for alcohol, she realized she needed to make a change.
And in the three years since, she has not wavered. The actor went into detail on her sober journey on an Instagram post during Saturday afternoon.
“Hello friends,” Heaton starts. “Just finishing my, what, three-and-a-half mile walk around the reservoir. It’s July, so we celebrate our nation’s freedom. Also, celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me. Just wanted to share that with you and message me if any of you are thinking about doing that, any of you are doing that now and need some encouragement or anything at all. Have a great day.”
We couldn’t be happier that Heaton is living her best life. The message is also a testament to the star’s kind approach to life, encouraging fans to hit her up for help or conversation on the topic.
More Details from Patricia Heaton on Choice to Get Sober
Patricia Heaton was interviewed by Parade in the summer of 2020 to talk about “reinvention.” The Everybody Loves Raymond star opened up on what she’s doing at this stage of her life, and key decision she’s made.
It was in said interview that Heaton revealed her sobriety, as well as her reasoning for it. And for anyone that has young family members, it’s a decision that makes complete sense.
“I quit drinking two years ago in July,” Patricia Heaton explained. “I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better. I noticed that I was looking forward every night to cocktails. And if I happened to go to lunch, I might have a glass of wine or Prosecco.”
Heaton credits a statistic she learned about women in their 30s and 40s and moderate drinking. After learning that many become full-fledged alcoholics in their later years, her thoughts about her grandchildren prompted her to call it quits.
“As your hormones change,” Heaton continued. “You can’t really process alcohol the same way you did when you were younger. I’ve stopped, and my life has improved significantly. My kids are in their mid-20s and I’ll probably be in my 70s by the time I have grandchildren. I want to be healthy for them.”
It’s not easy to recognize a problem in its early stages. But Heaton noticed early and decided to nip it in the bud. By her account, it was a great decision for the 63-year-old actor.