Elizabeth Vargas Talks Alcoholism, New Memoir

The ABC News '20/20' anchor is live in Times Square to discuss alcoholism and anxiety, and her hopes that her own story will chip away at the stigma.
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There is our friend and colleague Elizabeth Vargas with her boys that's try to switch when he special. Those who spoke to Diane about her struggle with alcohol addiction that's all it took on her life work family. Dollars and destroying more restoring her new book between breaths a memoir of panic and addiction and street that was. It is about being here it's great to be care so how does appeal to get at all. On the heels. A bit like a relief. I'm incredibly. Overwhelmed and grateful for the reaction that we got from I mean I'm still getting at as I speak it hasn't stopped since Friday night from people out there who. Are suffering from similar issues. Who have are suffering with anxiety forty million Americans suffer from it in this country. We know farmers our research that women are more and more likely to self medicate. Whether it's anxiety depression stress. Unhappiness with alcohol at thirtieth for units one of things you learn especially the struggle with anxiety proceeded. Aaliyah struggle without glasses lifetime what lifelong life long. You can for a lot of women as well. For a huge amount of women and that's I mean 62%. Of women who are alcoholics also suffer from anxiety it's the leading. Condition that people men and women suffer that leads them to drink too much. So what was LA close at home Anderson you watch the special with your boys Sammons that said could be a daunting audience. Yeah. Your I. Police said they knew everything. Already I would never put them in the position of learning something for the first time on national television so I had taken care to tell them everything that I write about in. In my new book and that was I talked about on Friday night. The one thing they hadn't seen or heard before of course where the t.'s snippets of tape we are managed we managed to dig up and find where you could see me. You know very hung over at a shoot him and tax returns its way out pot you'll truth be asleep at I didn't get. Any was right. So it that it it was nice I got to spend the whole weekend talking with them you know with kids who have kids around the same beach blankets are. A lot of times the questions come the next today. And you just have to be there when the question to eat there they did not know chores that you can die from alcohol and that was the biggest thing they kept asking well how do you die. What you mean you can die. What happens to your body and I explained all that to them. And then they what do you say to the people now maybe watching clues can help a lot of people who going through similar promise would you say you know it's too soon. For you to come out now you're unity have been sober long. To write this book you mean. Oh listen that's of an anybody can say that and I'm sure. An argument could be made for that. But I'm not sure when you when is the right time there is no answer for that. You know ten years twenty years of sobriety perhaps the biggest thing is is that just tonight I I didn't choose to go public that decision was made forming. But I feel like I have the chance. And I'm so grateful to have this chance to speak cat and maybe start just start to reduce a little of the stigma attached to alcoholism and addiction in this country he is a disease telling an alcoholic to stop drinking. Is like telling somebody with depression to be happy so we have to treat it as a disease that so many people don't seek help because they're ashamed the and they and they don't people have different kinds of triggers a guess that. People talk about. Hunger anger lonely time it was always Paula the Akron assault call in vehemently tired. And used those are sort of the warning signs those of us and recovery look out for for me tired and angry or write to really. Really mean in the hours. You know you just have to take care you watchers out. I'm you're constantly reaching out to people which for me is still the hardest thing to do. But it you know it is a write in my book I've never ever hung up the phone after talking to somebody said well that was a waste of time are now I feel worse I always feel better. Battled addiction is such a lonely isolating disease you're holding everybody out a week from you. Because you're keeping this big enormous horrible terrible secret. And and feeling ashamed about it so the more you can let people when. Healthier you can that you bring people here and in brings hope and a capsule with great thanks for coming from the book between dresses out tomorrow.

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