Kevin Kennedy reveals alcohol depression

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 March 2013
Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy

'Coronation Street' legend Kevin Kennedy has revealed his battle with alcoholism meant he wanted his life "to end" during his time on the soap

Kevin Kennedy wanted his life "to end" during his time on 'Coronation Street'.

The star - who recently held secret talks to return as hapless supermarket manager Curly Watts - has revealed his battle with alcohol addiction during his previous run on the show.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror newspaper, he said: "When I was at my worst, people would say, 'If you carry on drinking, you'll die'. They said it because they thought it would shock me and make me stop.

"But at the time it wasn't a bad thing to me ... I was never brave enough to end it all but I certainly wanted it to end."

The 51-year-old actor revealed the full extent of his drinking habits, adding he had to keep a "certain level of alcohol" in his body.

He explained: "When I was at my worst I was what they call a 'maintenance alcoholic'.

"I didn't binge or knock back whole bottles of vodka but I had to have a certain level of alcohol in my system at all times.

"I draw in the morning, and throughout the day whenever I needed to top up that level, so I was never fully sober."

Kevin revealed how he would "rationalise" his addiction but he has no regrets as he looks back.

He continued: "Being an alcoholic made me who I am today and I wouldn't change that. It made me a better person and a better actor.

"I used to rationalise it and think to myself, 'how long can I go on like this? Three years, maybe four, then it'll all be over'.

"The thought that I might just not wake up one morning was comforting."

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