EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt reveals he quit alcohol due to doctors’ orders
‘My liver took a hit!’: EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt reveals he quit prescription alcohol – leading to three stone weight loss
Adam Woodyatt has revealed he stopped drinking after being hospitalized with stomach issues.
The EastEnders star, best known for playing Ian Beale in the BBC soap, has lost a massive three stone since going entirely on a doctor’s prescription last year.
The 53-year-old actor explained that doctors said his liver was getting a ‘hammer’ from the alcohol and that he needed ‘tests’.
‘My liver took a hit’: EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt, 53, revealed he gave up alcohol on doctor’s advice and lost three stones
After Covid hit in 2020, the tests were pushed back from six weeks to 12 weeks, by which point the actor had already stopped drinking.
He said: ‘I went to the hospital with a stomach problem and they pointed out that my liver was probably going through a bit. They said, “Look, rest your liver for six weeks, we’ll do some tests.”
“Then Covid happened and six weeks turned into 12 weeks. And I thought, “You know what – I cracked this, I don’t miss it, I’m better off without it.”‘
Other man: The soap star, known for playing Ian Beale, also managed to drop three stones after she stopped drinking after a ‘stomach problem’ led to the lifestyle change
Adam hasn’t ruled out alcohol forever, but now enjoys “smelling” rum instead of drinking it.
He added: “I’m not going to say never again, but no alcohol right now and it’s fine. I still like to smell it, especially rum. I’m not very good at whiskey.’
The enthusiastic cyclist told the mirror that he now drinks nothing stronger than coffee.
He said: ‘With the cessation of alcohol, the weight comes off and because the weight goes off, it was like cycling before, so it was easier to keep fit’.
Astonishing: After Covid struck in 2020, the tests were pushed back from six weeks to 12 weeks and by then the actor had already stopped drinking
Recently, Adam criticized EastEnders bosses, claiming they shouldn’t have turned his character Ian Beale into a “sociopath.”
The actor admitted that the businessman was “very unpopular” with viewers for his “candid” and “pretty rude” ways, going so far as to say he was a “narcissist.”
Having played the part since the very first episode in 1985, he quit the BBC soap last year and now says the producers should have ‘go in a different direction’.
Despite being presented as “a spotty teenager who was bullied at school,” Ian’s downfall came after he separated from his wife Jane (Laurie Brett) for good in 2020.
Adam told Kate Thornton on her White Wine Question Time podcast, “The character has evolved. If you think back to the 80s, he was a spotty teenager. He was bullied at school, his father wanted him to box.’
“It’s been a very, very long journey. But don’t get me wrong, I don’t always think some changes were right.
“Maybe they should have chosen other directions, but they weren’t my decisions. It was things the bosses chose.
‘Did it make Ian unpopular? Yes sometimes. He was very outspoken and quite rude to everyone, even people he loved.’
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Furious: Adam recently criticized EastEnders bosses, claiming they shouldn’t have turned his character Ian Beale into a ‘sociopath’ (pictured in the character)