'My toyboy lover helped me stop boozing': Denise Welch quits drinking for love
11:47 GMT, 1 July 2012
After landing her job on Loose Women Denise Welch definitely took her role seriously.
Pictured stumbling out of clubs and forever regaling viewers with tales on gulping down champagne at various star-studded events, Denise was a well known party girl.
But the actress has revealed she has ditched the bottle and gone dry – with the help of her toyboy lover Lincoln Towney.
And she credits party planner Lincoln with not only keeping her dry but also helping her through a difficult time after her mother May, 75, died in May.
Gone dry: Denise Welch and boyfriend Lincoln Townley have both stopped boozing
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror she said: 'I'm very, very happy in my personal life. I want to move forward in a positive way and not drinking is helping that.'
'It's been quite a tough year and and I just felt that I would deal with it better without alcohol. We are putting our relationship before the bottle.'
Denise left her husband actor Tim Healy, another famous drinker, for her toyboy lover after beginning an affair with the 39-year-old in April.
Pucker up: Denise said she is incredibly happy with Lincoln
Tim and Denise were married for 24 years and have two children.
This week Denise was joined by a few of her showbiz friends at a party which was held to celebrate her 'new and dynamic company offering unique hand picked locations specialising in the North of England.'
On the O-J: Sherrie Hewson with Denise at her new business launch
Drunken Loose lipped woman: Denise was known for her love of a tipple
The company, Welch Morgan Locations, is proving stressful for Denise who said she usually relies on a glass of fizz to calm her nerves.
But the 53-year-old added she was still the life and soul of the party – with or without booze.