EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt quits alcohol after doctor issues health warning
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EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has given up the booze after doctors gave him a health warning.
Medical professionals had told him that his liver had been "taking a bit of a hammering".
The actor, 53, played Ian Beale in the BBC One soap opera for 36 years before making his exit.
Adam left the show last year and it is still rather unclear whether he will ever return.
Speaking on The Nightcap podcast, he explained his decision to cut out booze.
Adam said: "It was a health thing (on why he gave up alcohol). I went into hospital with a stomach issue and they pointed out my liver was probably taking a bit of a hammering.
"They said, 'Look, give your liver a rest for six weeks, we’ll do some tests.' Then Covid happened and six weeks became 12 weeks.
"And I thought, 'Do you know what — I’ve cracked this, I don’t miss it, I’m better off without it' and I thought, 'That's it!'
"I’m not going to say never again, but at the moment no alcohol and it’s fine.
"But I still like smelling it, especially rum. I’m not so good on whisky."
Adam has lost an impressive three stones since ditching the booze during lockdown – with the help of his healthy hobbies.
The TV star is a passionate cyclist and now drinks nothing "stronger than coffee" after embarking on his new healthier lifestyle.
Talking to the Mirror last month, Adam said: "Basically I gave up alcohol. That was the biggest change I made.
"With giving up alcohol, the weight drops off and because the weight dropped it was easier to cycle. So it was easier to stay fit."
He added how he's not "not really focused on it" or "made a big fuss about it".
Adam continued: "I had always liked cycling but as anybody who cycles knows, it's a lot easier if you are lighter. People will spend hundreds of pounds on shaving 10 grams off equipment, like lighter pedals.
"Just go and lose some weight and your body will be 10 pounds lighter than that."
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