Millie Mackintosh has said she feels “so proud” of herself as she marks one year without alcohol.
The Made In Chelsea star quit drinking last year, telling fans that it was a “huge trigger” for her anxiety.
She has now reached the 365-day milestone and told fans on Instagram that she would enjoying a mocktail to mark how far she had come.
“Today I celebrate one year of alcohol free life, my first soberversary!” said the 34-year-old.
“I’ve been open and honest on here about the reasons why I gave up alcohol and how this was focused around improving and protecting my mental health.
"It was hard work at first and sometimes it does still feel difficult especially with the social pressure to drink, in our society it almost felt impossible not to, but a big shift happened when I realised I had the power to choose to say no!”
Mackintosh – who is mum to two children with her husband Hugo Taylor - said it wasn’t about “giving up” or “quitting” but “about living my most authentic life in a way that makes me feel my best”.
“I realised saying no to things that no longer serve me creates space in my life for things that bring me joy, and that’s been a big part of the past year, rediscovering myself, who I am at 34 and what brings me happiness,” she explained.
“I care less about what people think of me and I have a lot less anxiety!”
The TV star said that she wasn’t setting a time limit but that she would avoid alcohol “for as long as feels right”.
“I’m so proud of myself for making it a whole year, for making a promise to myself and sticking to it, Millie in her 20s or even a few years ago wouldn’t have had the courage to make it this far and I’m so proud of that growth,” she said.
“Tonight I’ll be raising a mocktail to me and how far I’ve come, and how much I’ve changed in the past 365 days!” added the TV star.
The star was inundated with messages from friends and fans saying how well she had done.
"Brilliant Millie, congrats!" said one.
Another said she was "so inspiring".
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