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ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am an Alcoholic'
« on: January 24, 2014, 11:21:38 AM »
ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas is publicly acknowledging that she's an alcoholic, and says it took her years to admit it.

In an interview aired Friday on "Good Morning America," Vargas said hiding it from others left her "exhausted." Her go-to drink was wine which, increasingly during her adulthood, she used to manage her anxiety and stress.

She said she had suffered panic attacks since she was a child.

Last fall, Vargas spent several weeks in a treatment facility and is now in Alcoholics Anonymous. She told "GMA" co-anchor George Stephanopoulos she's "proud" of confronting her problem.

She said she's ready to resume her duties Friday as co-anchor of "20/20."

Vargas has worked in network news since 1993, first with NBC and then ABC, which she joined in 1996.


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Re: ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am an Alcoholic'
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2014, 12:47:38 PM »
Glad she found the courage to ask for help.
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Re: ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am an Alcoholic'
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2014, 12:53:21 PM »
And many alcoholics in AA observe the tradition of anonymity.

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Re: ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am an Alcoholic'
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2014, 12:58:25 PM »
It is sad that most any other occupation but this one would be horrified of going public with this disease.

Most any other occupation would be scandalized and forced to go do random testing. Imagine someone that drove a vehicle for a living admitting their disease. All of the most awful things would be assumed. But a GMA host is safe.
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Re: ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am an Alcoholic'
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2014, 01:09:35 PM »
And many alcoholics in AA observe the tradition of anonymity.

Step 1, my friend.

She has a stage. If she can use it for good, more power to her.
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Re: ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am an Alcoholic'
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 08:18:52 AM »
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Re: ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am an Alcoholic'
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2014, 08:21:48 AM »
I was not terribly fond of Ms. Walters already. This has now solidified into active dislike.
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Re: ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am an Alcoholic'
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2014, 08:39:42 AM »
I was not terribly fond of Ms. Walters already. This has now solidified into active dislike.

It's been rumored for years when Barbara first broke into television she was, how shall we say? Boy crazy.
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