Radio Africa Journalist Oliver Mathenge has offered fresh information about battling with alcohol addiction, revealing that he would spend up to Sh80,000 in a night.
Appearing on NTV mid morning show, Mr Mathenge narrated how he was completely hooked to the bottle, even considering quitting his job in 2016.
He once dated Jackie Maribe of Citizen TV.
The journalist further said he could drown a whole bottle of whiskey in the house alone before going out for more.
He said that he was unable to open up on the matter as it resulted in conflicts in his home.
“In the beginning, I couldn’t talk about my past, the violence in my home, the suicide attempts and the things I had done to hurt other people. When it got to 100 days, that is when I told my story,” Mr Mathenge said.
He said that he used to drink not because it was fun but because it was the only way of escaping his problems.
According to him, when one takes alcohol they do not realise that they are messing up.
Kenyans on Twitter camped on his timeline to celebrate his achievement after he stopped drinking.
Here are some of the reactions:
Catherine Waweru said: “Bold, determined, courageous.”
Tinnah Gathoni said: “I listened to you and just felt so encouraged. Amidst this storm, my strength has been renewed. As you told me, this too shall pass.”
PAUL OTIENO ONYANGO added: “What a story guy. I think, the secret to all this is powerful phrase “Hey, I need to change from this” You talk of “that is when I realised.”
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