Hayley Holt calls sobriety ‘the best decision I ever made’

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 10:16AM
Hayley Holt. Photo / Instagram
Hayley Holt. Photo / Instagram

Green Party aspirant and host of The Crowd Goes Wild Hayley Holt has put a complete kibosh on all alcohol.

Holt is well known for her partying antics and has landed in hot water when alcohol affected her job hosting More FM in 2013.

She failed a live drugs test the same year and used the F-word during a live radio broadcast from Field Days in Hamilton.

Holt gave up drinking two years ago and has become a ‘No Beers? Who Cares!’ campaign ambassador which was started by former TV3 News reporter, Claire Robbie.

She has now opened up about her alcohol-free life, saying life without booze is “a revelation”.

NBWC AMBASSADOR LOVE! We have been fortunate enough already to get some epic humans involved in our No Beers? Who Cares! adventure. We’ll highlight their stories in our NBWC online community – which you become part of when you sign up, link in ma bio. 👆🏼 Some of these superstars will be jumping on the wagon for the first time, for fun, for the challenge, some to make some fresh changes, some to inspire others, some are seasoned professionals, like our very first ambassador @theholtbolt. Hayley (TV Presenter, Green Party Candidate) gave up drinking two years ago and hasn’t looked back. You can read more about her inspirational story (like her biggest fears about giving up drinking) on our FB group but here’s a tidbit: What's life like without alcohol? The best part of being sober? "Life without alcohol is a full and honest life. It can be hard because you can't run away from awkward feelings or uncomfortable situations but what you can do is deal with them and move on. What surprised me the most were the solid foundations I built. Nothing crashed and burned, I could make plans and follow through. I could go to 3 parties in one night! But the absolute best thing about being sober is finding beauty in the simple things in life. I stopped chasing the next best exciting night and started appreciating all the love and happiness I already had around me. Preach sista!!!!" 🔥🔥. . . . . #nobeerswhocares #wearethewagon #soberlife #vibratehigher #nzsummer #own2017 #healthylifestyle #happylife

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“It is honestly the best decision I have ever made and I'm so excited to share it with fellow kiwis who might be new to the cause. Secretly, I'm also excited to make some new alcohol-free friends. They are far and few between in NZ,” she says.

“I was terrified about giving up drinking, being a party animal had become my identity and I didn't know if I would still be able to have fun. Most of my friends were drinkers and I didn't know if we would we still relate. Would we still like each other? Who even was I?”

“Thankfully I still had a sense of humour and once I had found comfort in my own skin I enjoyed socialising even more. I could be part of a proper conversation, get to know my friends properly and have authentic relationships. DISCLOSURE it did take a bit of getting used to, practice makes perfect...”

Holt admitted being sober wasn’t always easy.

“Life without alcohol is a full and honest life. It can be hard because you can't run away from awkward feelings or uncomfortable situations but what you can do is deal with them and move on. What surprised me the most were the solid foundations I built. Nothing crashed and burned, I could make plans and follow through. I could go to 3 parties in one night!

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“But the absolute best thing about being sober is finding beauty in the simple things in life. I stopped chasing the next best exciting night and started appreciating all the love and happiness I already had around me.”

When talking to NZ Herald in 2015 she said: "You know, I never thought I'd never drink. I loved it. I was the party girl, but going sober has forced me to face up to who I really am."

The ‘No Beers? Who Cares!’ campaign kicks off on February 1. If you or a loved one would like get involved, more information can be found here.