Actress Patricia Heaton shared a video Saturday with some news about reaching a personal milestone. The star told her more than 400,000 Twitter followers that she was celebrating three years of “freedom from alcohol.”
“It’s July when we celebrate our nation’s freedom. Also celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me,” the “Everybody Loves Raymond” actress says in a video – while working up a sweat on a 3.5-mile hike.
“So, 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.”
Heaton, 63, has been focusing on her health and fitness in recent years, including trying to swim 50 laps four to five times a week. She was also on a low-carb, high-fat diet, she told Parade magazine last year.
The Ohio native explained she decided to give up alcohol in 2018 because she found she was starting to enjoy it a little too much.
“I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better,” she told the magazine. “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.”
She said statistics show that women who drink moderately in their 30s and 40s can sometimes slip into alcoholism as they get older.