Richard Bacon thinks he’s still addicted to alcohol and has refused AA meetings

Richard Bacon has explained he believes he may still be addicted to drinking, and that alcohol has caused "chaos and difficulty and uncertainty" in his life.

The TV presenter, 43, who joined Blue Peter in 1997, said he has been through "dangerous" periods of drinking where he has gone missing for a night.

Recalling his drinking habits to BBC Radio 5 Live's Hooked podcast, he revealed he has moved away from that sort of behaviour, but admitted he still continues to drink.

"I am almost at my most vulnerable when things are great. I don't use (drink) to numb pain. If I am excited or happy about something I am more likely to go too far," he explained.

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Richard, who shares children Arthur and Ivy with his wife Rebecca, also addressed how his drinking affected his marriage.

He said: "If I'm going to get hammered and do things I shouldn't do and go missing then it is frightening for my wife.

"She would like me to do AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) all the time, and I just don't. But I have said I will spend more time with our therapist examining my relationship to drink," he continued.

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"We're in a good place at the moment but once you have accepted you're an addict to some degree the danger is always there, isn't it?"

Richard famously hit the headlines when his Blue Peter contract was terminated in 1998 after he admitted taking cocaine.

The star explained there was a link between his alcohol and cocaine use.

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He said: "When I've been through periods of my life where I have been using cocaine, it's only (after) two or three drinks where I quite fancy that as well."

His comments comes after he fell seriously ill with pneumonia during a flight from Los Angeles to London in 2018, and was put in an medically induced coma as doctors fought to save his life.

The latest episode of Hooked, featuring Richard Bacon, is available on BBC Sounds.

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