K. Michelle Opens Up On Alcoholism, What You Should Know

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 03/17/2014 | 09:00 AM EDT

The Soul Train award-winning singer admits she had a drinking problem...why alcoholism is more common than you think.

Everyone knows K. Michelle can be brutally honest - she’s practically built her entire brand on it. More recently, however, the “Still No F*cks Given” singer was candid in a different kind of way, revealing that she had a problem with alcoholism for years since signing her first record deal in 2009.

“I drank Jack Daniels with no chaser, just the bottle to the head... I really did have a drinking problem and it caused a lot of issues,” Michelle said during a radio interview.

The sometimes controversial singer admitted that she’s since taken control of her drinking issue, and has learned that less is more.

“That took a toll on me and now I look up and I can have a cocktail...my friends be on three or four and I’m still on one. I don’t like the person I am when I’m really drunk. I now see the difference between sober K. Michelle, tipsy K. Michelle and drunk K. Michelle,” she said.

“Tipsy K. Michelle is cute. She’s really fun and the life of the party. But one glass over tipsy K. Michelle? Oh, it’s hell for the world. I’m learning dark liquor is not the move for me especially when I’m already having a day or going through something.”

K. Michelle’s honesty is not only a telling sign of her growth, but more importantly a great lesson to be learned. There are more people living with alcohol abuse than we tend to think and, according to the Center for Disease Control, excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential lives lost.

Drinking excessively is also a strong indicator that a person is depressed or going through emotional turmoil. Alcohol, which has a sedative effect, is often used by abusers seeking to “drown their sorrows” to escape life’s hardships rather than dealing with them head-on. Nearly one-third of people with major depression also have an alcohol problem, according to a study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Signs that a person is an alcoholic includes not being able to quit or limit their drinking, drinking even when it's ruining their relationships, drinking in the morning, getting hurt or hurting someone else, having blackouts, among other things.

There are also health and social ramifications that come with alcoholism like violence, risky sexual behavior, cardiovascular problems, and cancer of the mouth, throat, colon, liver and breast, among other things. If you or someone you know is living a life of alcohol abuse, seek help. It can save a life...literally.

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