Actress Pooja Bhatt took it up as a challenge to quit alcohol and is celebrating her 90 days of sobriety. She admits acknowledging the fact that you cannot live without alcohol is already winning half the battle against the habit.
The actress quit drinking when she realised she had fallen in some kind of a trap with the addiction and the only way to get out of it was to acknowledge it and work towards the change.
She says people have the habit of brushing things under the carpet and putting up a facade that they can control their urge not to get drunk. by saying, ' I am not that drunk' and she too did the same.
On Christmas last year on the day when quitting alcohol becomes challenging when you are celebrating with family and friends, she decided to pull the plug, sat with her four cats, put the phone on silent, cooked herself a dinner and toasted a glass of water and went to bed. That was her beginning to a new life ahead away from the addiction.
The actress said she survived it and it was the best gift to herself. She repeated the exercise again on the New Year's eve. Though it was initially tough explaining to people why she was not drinking on an evening like New Year's Eve.
The actress says she was addicted and would easily gulp a half bottle of single malt every day and thought it to be too casual but at the end of it, it was only harming her and she was doing the same thing every day.
The actress went on to say she had Scottish genes as her grandfather was a Scottish, her father was a voracious drinker which is known to everybody in the industry so drinking came naturally to her and she was no different until she realised that alcohol just cannot be the solution to anything.
"My father who was an alcoholic set the example for me when he quit drinking one day and it's been 28 years now that he hasn't touched liquor. That was a great help and a bigger motivation to me " says the actress.
Pooja Bhatt had played the leading role in 1989 in Mahesh Bhatt's directed film, ' Daddy' in which she encourages her father to give up alcohol. The 45 year old actress says she never thought that the girl who was once counselling her father in the film was actually counselling herself in the real life.
She spoke out her thoughts at the Shift Series, " Closeted Conversations .... Lets start talking again". At the conference for Women Change Makers.