Adrian Chiles says counting his alcohol units has helped him cut down since making an eye-opening documentary on booze.
Hosting BBC2’s Drinkers Like Us changed his life after a doctor on the show warned him about his intake. He said: “I’ve definitely drunk much less. That came down to counting it. I resisted counting for a long time.
“The first time I ever counted was the first day of filming. West Brom were playing Liverpool then it was my mate’s 40th birthday. I totted them all up in the morning, it was something like 38 units.
“And it didn’t even feel a big drinking day to me. I thought, hang on a bit, this is dodgy.”
Each pint of beer or glass of wine has two to three units, and doctors advise a maximum of 14 units a week.
Chiles, 52, added: “The absolute starting point is to count what you are drinking. I count every day. And I do drink a lot less.”
Speaking on the Series Linked Podcast to promote his new BBC2 series Our Coast, he said viewers still thank him for making the 2018 documentary, two years on.
He said: “So many people say, ‘It really made me think’. I was proud of that.”
Last year, Chiles opened up about his axing from ITV’s Daybreak, which he said really hit home when footie hardman Roy Keane offered emotional support.
He added that, four years on, he is still constantly reminded of his failure, saying: “The question I answer 10 times a day is, ‘Oh, you’re not on telly any more?’.”
Adrian said people sometimes look at him “like a ghost because to some extent you have stopped existing”.
The former One Show presenter was sacked as the host of ITV’s football coverage in 2015 after five years in the job.
He said: “When it got announced… you can imagine [it] was a big humiliation. It was on the news and everything…
“I got a text from Roy Keane and he said, ‘I am gutted for you. I really enjoyed working for you and I consider you a friend’…
“I completely lost it. You know if Roy Keane has got his arm round your shoulder you are completely f***ed – something really terrible must have happened.”
Full interview on the Series Linked podcast. Our Coast begins on BBC2 on Friday, February 7, at 8.30pm