Russell Brand helps TV chef pal Tom Kerridge stay on track after seven years booze-free

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Comic Russell Brand has been helping pal Tom Kerridge stay on the wagon, after he quit booze seven years ago.

The TV chef, 40, admits that he drank “heavily” every day before going teetotal, sinking five pints in a night.

Despite the occasional slip, Tom admits that one of his more testing times saw him obsessively downing non-alcoholic beers, which sparked pal Russell’s concern.

“The moment that I had one…the smell, the flavour, the way that it hits the throat. I did eight of them in 20 minutes,” admits Tom.

“It was uncontrollable. I was getting excessive on non-alcoholic beer. That is ridiculous. Russell said: ‘You know normal people just don’t do that?’

Caroline Flack has been invited to attend a self-help seminar led by Russell Brand in the US
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“I thought, if Russell is telling me that, there is an issue here, there really is.”

The pair – who appeared together on Sunday Brunch in 2017 – are neighbours in Marlow, Bucks, and Tom tells the How to Fail podcast: “He’s a huge supporter.”

But he’s declined Russell’s suggestion to join the 12 Step Program, which helped the com- ic kick his drink and drug habit.

Russell Brand
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Tom reckons the pressures of owning a string of restaurants saw him turn to alcohol as a “release”.

He says: “If there was an Olympics for drinking I would be Great Britain’s gold medallist.”

It comes after Liam Payne revealed ex-addict Russell and his therapist helped him kick a battle with booze.

The former One Direction star spoke about struggling in 2017 as he launched his solo career and became a father.

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Talking on ITV’s This Morning , Liam, 26, said: “I had a thing with drink, and it was a guy called Chip Somers who got me sober.

“I was sober for about a year and visited Russell Brand. We went down to meetings together.”

Liam said: “As Strip That Down came out I was almost as afraid of success as I was failure, which isn’t a comfortable place to be in life because you’re not really sure what you’re doing.

“For anybody who’s having a problem with mental health, the best thing to do is speak to someone. We’re all as crazy as the next person.”

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