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Lucy Hale Talks About Her Alcohol Addiction: 'My Drinking Was Never Normal'

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By Alisan Duran on November 2, 2023 at 8:30 AM EDT

Lucy Hale opens up about her challenges with alcohol and addiction!

In a recent appearance on the "Call Her Daddy" podcast, the 34-year-old actress candidly discussed her earliest memories of drinking and the subsequent challenges it brought into her life, marking the first time she has publicly opened up about these experiences.

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Lucy Hale Recalls Blacking Out At 12 From Drinking Alcohol

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"The first time I ever had alcohol... I was probably 12 or 13? I was in Florida, on vacation... and we drank Green Apple Pucker," recalled Hale. "I remember my very first experience with alcohol was the same as when it ended. I blacked out -- at 12 years old. I don't remember what happened, I threw up, I got very sick, and I remember being so distraught when I realized what had happened."

Hale expressed, "I was like, 'Oh my god, my mom is going to be so disappointed in me.'"

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Lucy Hale Reveals 'Drinking To Escape Something'

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The Pretty Little Liars star went on to share that although she continued to drink intermittently from the ages of 12 to 18, it was during this period that her drinking escalated, consistently leading her down a challenging and dark path.

"I remember shame after every experience drinking because my drinking was never normal," Hale revealed. "Literally every time I drank... it was very clear I was drinking to escape something, even at a young age."

Hale detailed, "It wasn't until my early 20s that I recognized I had a problem."

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Going To Rehab

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It was during this period that she became aware of the frequency with which she thought about drinking and the discomfort she felt when socializing without alcohol. This realization prompted her to take the step of seeking help.

"I went to rehab when I was 23," Hale shared. "I don't think anyone on the show [Pretty Little Liars] knew. And it was my choice, too."

"That was a pivotal moment in my life," she emphasized. "[However], I wasn't prepared to let go of drinking, which is why I didn't achieve sobriety until I was 32."

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Lucy Hale Says Nothing Helped At First

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Before achieving sobriety, Hale mentioned that she explored various forms of treatment, but initially, none of them proved to be successful for her.

"I had tried so many different things: rehab, out-patient, in-patient, trauma center, therapy, medication, you name it," the "Truth or Dare" actress shared. "And there was also a very strong desire to want to stop."

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Being Famous Can Be 'Challenging' For Sobriety

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As a celebrity in the public eye during her 20s, Hale found it challenging to put a halt to her drinking, especially when she had surrounded herself with friends facing similar issues. Eventually, her drinking became a gateway to drugs and more detrimental decisions. Throughout this period, she kept her internal struggle tightly concealed.

"There was no way in hell I was going to openly talk about this [back then]," Hale said. "I was so deeply ashamed of myself and my choices and the person who I was when I drank."

The Pandemic Helped Lucy Hale With Her Drinking Problem

Actress Lucy Hale Teams with PetSmart to Champion Pet Adoption. Actress Lucy Hale is teaming with PetSmart to encourage people to adopt a pet to boost their well-being and relieve overcrowded shelters. Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens will be available for adoption through nonprofit PetSmart Charities and animal welfare partners at PetSmart stores across the country during PetSmart Charities National Adoption Week, July 10-16, 2023. Hale, an advocate for mental health, has been vocal about how being a dog mom to Elvis and rescue pup Ethel has helped her through difficult times. Research has consistently shown that pets can have a positive impact on cognitive, emotional and physical health. Offering companionship, unconditional love and support, pets bring joy to the lives of those who care for them., , "I've been open about my journey through mental health and wellness. My dogs Elvis and Ethel have been my strength ? a constant source of comfort and companionship," Hale said. "I want to encourage others to discover the power and joy of the human-animal bond. Shelters across the U.S. are at or beyond capacity and I'm encouraging people to open their hearts and homes to a new pet during PetSmart Charities National Adoption Week.", , During PetSmart Charities National Adoption Week, nearly every PetSmart store will offer the opportunity to meet and adopt pets in need of loving homes. Staff and volunteers from local animal welfare organizations will be on hand to help potential adopters learn more about the pets they are interested in and ensure they feel confident in caring for them., , For more information on what to prepare for and ask in advance of adopting a cat or dog, visit here., , Many shelters are at capacity and the need for adoption of all pets is great. However, animal welfare organizations are especially looking to find loving homes specifically for cats right now. Shelters across the nation are in the thick of kitten season, a time when the feline population drastically increases as most kitten litters are born throughout the summer months., , "During PetSmart Charities National Adoption week this summer, we're on a lifesaving mission," said Aimee Gilbreath, president of PetSmart Charities. "The need for adoptions is high to alleviate overcrowding and get more pets into loving families. We have hope and are grateful to have the support of Lucy Hale in raising awareness at this critical time. When you share your home with a pet in need, they in turn show you love and gratitude. And if you've never thought of yourself as a cat person, we encourage you to do some meet and greets and fall in love with a new feline companion.", , Those who aren't quite ready to expand their family can still make a big impact by donating to help pets in need at petsmartcharities.org. They also can find their match when the time is right by visiting petsmartcharities.org/adopt-a-pet for adoptable pets, adoption centers and events near them. 11 Jul 2023 Pictured: Lucy Hale. Photo credit: PetSmart/MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA1006297_001.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency]

Hale emphasizes that her two-year journey of sobriety holds a significant connection to her battle with COVID-19 during the pandemic. The forced isolation, quiet lifestyle, and avoidance of social scenarios served as a transformative period, enabling her to break free from the patterns of heavy drinking and make positive strides in her recovery.

"Without having COVID, I might not have gotten sober -- or committed to it," Hale noted.

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