Survivor host Matt Chisholm talks about his battle with the booze
Now six and a half years sober, Survivor NZ host Matt Chisholm has spoken in depth about his 20-year-struggle with alcohol.
"I would black out for hours and sometimes wake up in another town with no recollection of how I got there or what I'd done," the 40-year-old father of one told Woman's Day.
"My hangovers almost killed me and the self-loathing was torturous."
Chisholm's battle with the booze began as a rugby-playing teenager in rural Otago. "The only places to socialise were the pubs. I was young and wanted to be right in the thick of it."
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The Fair Go reporter tried AA meetings, but his first serious attempt to quit drinking came at the age of 24, when he stayed sober for 20 months while caring for his older brother Nick, who had suffered a series of debilitating strokes.
Six years sober today... never been happier... and still... one of the silliest people I know. pic.twitter.com/xpGpazPXkA— Matt Chisholm (@Matt7Sharp) December 27, 2016
"That time was a real period of growth for me," says Chisholm. "My brother was the best excuse ever for not partying."
It didn't last however, and Chisholm eventually started drinking again while travelling overseas.
He eventually quit for good after waking up from a week-long bender in 2010. "I knew I was done and would never, ever look back."
"I just made a decision my life was better off without alcohol."