Pooja Bhatt Started Drinking at 16; Today She’s Three Years Sober

Pooja Bhatt began drinking at the age of 16, but it's been two years, ten months since the actor-turned-filmmaker became sober.

Announcing this new milestone in her journey to sobriety, Pooja wrote, "If I can, you can too" on Instagram.

Pooja Bhatt Making Her Alcoholism Public Breaks The Stigma Around Women Alcoholics in India

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Pooja Bhatt is one of the rare women in Indian public life, who has been open about her battle with alcoholism. In an earlier interview to Mid-Day, Pooja had mentioned how through her journey, Pooja wants to break the stigma around women suffering from alcoholism in the country.

Pooja Bhatt, ActorI want to bust the stigma attached to alcoholism in our country. Women particularly are discouraged from seeking help because it’s a matter of shame for the family. We don’t share our pain or frailties, we cover our weaknesses and it becomes a cancerPooja's Always Been Real About How An Alcoholic Parent Increases The Risk of Alcoholism in the Daughter

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Even though Pooja's father, acclaimed filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has quit drinking years ago, Pooja had once said how being the daughter of an alcoholic makes you "four times more susceptible to becoming one".

Well, Pooja is not entirely wrong. A Yale study had indeed found that the daughters of alcoholic fathers and/or mothers have nearly a one-third greater risk of becoming alcoholics themselves than do the sons.

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Pooja Bhatt, Filmmaker“Alcohol is comforting, it colours your evening. It’s a socially accepted narcotic even at business lunches and in the boardroom. Also, living in a fast-paced city, being in a high-stress profession, it becomes a reason to celebrate and cope with failure. Your film is a hit, you bathe in champagne, it flops, a single malt lessens the pain

Pooja could have continued to drink heavily all her life. But it was a text message from her father that made her stop. He had told Pooja that if she loved him, she had to love herself too, as he lives in her. po

Pooja BhattI was 45 and if I wanted to give myself 10 years of living, I had to quit now before I drank myself to the grave. I had to reclaim the sharper, brighter me which had got watered down

Last year, Pooja had announced that she would be writing a book about her battle with alcoholism, which will be published by Penguin.

Pooja Bhatt, Actor & filmmakerI would like to emphasise that it is not an autobiography. At 45, I am too young to write my memoirs. As they say in filmi terms, ‘Picture abhi baaki hai, dost’. But I can help others like me deal with their problem by talking about my journey.

Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter, Pooja found fame with roles in Daddy, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Sadak and Zakhm. As a director, she has helmed Paap, Kajraare and Jism 2 among others. It was in March 2017 that Pooja spoke to journalist Roshmila Bhattacharya on her battle with the bottle saying, "If I didn't quit now, I'd have drank myself to the grave."

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