Graham Norton used alcohol to 'fit in'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 October 2014
Graham Norton

Graham Norton

Chat show host Graham Norton has admitted that he has used alcohol to "help him fit in" at showbiz parties

Graham Norton used alcohol to help him "fit in".

The 51-year-old talk show host has admitted that he began drinking a lot of alcohol whilst he was studying drama at university, which triggered a life-long "love affair with the bottle".

Talking in the Daily Mail newspaper, Graham shared: "Drugs have, of course, crossed my path from time to time, but for me it has always been about the bottle.

"It helped me to fit in. Even now when I walk into some showbiz bash, I feel a rush of teenage fear and insecurity. Where's the waiter with the tray? Find him and then let the small talk begin!"

Referring to the time that he moved to a hippie commune in Los Angeles after he dropped out of university, he explained that he thought he became "very good" at covering up his drinking, despite waking up with "dried vomit" down his face.

He said: "I became very good at disguising my drinking and hangovers - or so I thought."

However, the 'Graham Norton Show' presenter did note that his drinking was now mostly under control and he doesn't let it interfere with his work on the BBC show.

He told the newspaper: "More than 30 years later, I still allow myself only one glass of wine on my chat show.

"Most weeks it never comes close to being finished and even back in the early Nineties, when I had drifted into stand-up comedy, doing the rounds in the pubs and clubs, I kept to the one-glass rule."

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