Holly Ramsay has admitted she feels ‘lonely’ in sobriety after recently celebrating a year without alcohol.
The daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay shared her personal milestone last month and while she praises the effect life without booze has had on her mental health, she admits it hasn’t been without difficulty.
The influencer, 22, took to her Instagram Stories this week to update her 287,000 followers, saying she finds it tough not to drink at her age as it’s such a huge part of her peers’ social lives.
Admission: Holly Ramsay, 22, has confessed she feels ‘lonely’ in sobriety after recently celebrating a year without alcohol
When asked ‘how important is it to cut out alcohol when you struggle daily with mental health,’ she responded: ‘This isn’t a “one size fits all” answer…
‘For me, cutting out alcohol has made me so much more present, I’m able to have more fun & I’m in control.
‘Alcohol + antidepressants don’t mix well. I made the decision to put my physical and mental health first.
Tough times: Holly shared her personal milestone last month and, while she praises the effect life without booze has had on her mental health, she admits it hasn’t been without difficult
‘It can be lonely not drinking especially at this age as it’s such a big part of our social lives.. but you will find the right people who don’t even care that you’re not drinking and are just happy you’re with them.’
Updating her followers on how she’s doing so far this year, she added: ‘I’d say I’m in the best place mentally & feeling more myself than I have done in years.
‘This has taken A LOT of work and it doesn’t come easy so go easy on yourself. Sending love to anyone who needs it.’
Rocky: The influencer took to her Instagram Stories this week to update her 287,000 followers, saying she finds it tough not to drink at her age
Holly’s words come after she marked a year of being sober in December with a heartfelt Instagram post.
She wrote candidly of her relationship with alcohol, including her decision to go tee-total after reaching her ‘lowest point’ in 2020.
Back in May, Holly revealed she spent three months in a mental health hospital after being sexually assaulted twice when she was 18 years old. She was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Honest: The daughter of Michelin star chef Gordon spoke wrote of her relationship with alcohol, including her decision to go tee-total after reaching her ‘lowest point’ in 2020
The podcast host also explained that alcohol and antidepressants ‘do not mix well at all’.
In full, Holly wrote: ‘Today marks one year without alcohol.
‘This is not something I thought I would ever say at the age of 21. However, by 21 (nearly 22) I never thought I would’ve been through half of what I have.
‘I choose to take a break from alcohol because it wasn’t improving my mental health – which for me, comes first.’
Holly continued to explain that it wasn’t a decision ‘taken lightly’, nor is it one that is necessarily ‘forever.’
‘This time last year I was at my lowest and I was scared but I made a decision to take control of what I could – and that meant removing alcohol from my life.
Updating: The podcast host shared the personal milestone she’d reached a year without alcohol in the form of a typed message with her 280,000 followers last month
‘It was not an easy decision, nor one that I have taken lightly. I won’t say this is forever, but this is for now. Living without alcohol has helped me feel better and more present both mentally and physically.
‘Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a year of high highs and low lows but I’m grateful I have myself the chance to work through them consciously rather mask my feelings (good and bad) with a drink.
‘Alcohol and antidepressants do not mix well at all. And that is something, unfortunately, I learned the hard way,’ she confessed.
Close: A doting Gordon penned: ‘@hollyramsayy what an incredible young lady and words can’t explain enough how proud you make me feel love you so much Dad ❤️’.
The fashion design student concluded her message: ‘As with everything I have been through, it has been a learning experience and I feel lucky to be able to post this message today, to continue to spread awareness and break the stigma surrounding mental health.’
Her father was among those who flooded to the comments.
A doting Gordon penned: ‘@hollyramsayy what an incredible young lady and words can’t explain enough how proud you make me feel love you so much Dad ❤️’.
Holly is the second eldest of Gordon and Tana Ramsay’s brood of five children.
If you have been affected by anything in this article, contact alcoholchange.org.uk here or call 0300 123 1110.
Opening up: Holly previously explained her decision not to drink wasn’t one ‘taken lightly’, nor is it one that is necessarily ‘forever’
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