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Bella Hadid embraces her sobriety and reveals it was 'a lot harder to pick up the glass' after a scan showed alcohol's effects on the brain

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Bella Hadid spoke about her sobriety in a new interview with InStyle. Kate Green/Getty Images © Kate Green/Getty Images Bella Hadid spoke about her sobriety in a new interview with InStyle. Kate Green/Getty Images
  • Bella Hadid spoke about her sobriety in an interview with InStyle.
  • Hadid, 25, said she "loved alcohol" but quit drinking in mid-2021. 
  • She previously spoke about her anxiety and mental health. 

Bella Hadid quit drinking alcohol, saying that a brain scan made it "a lot harder to pick up the glass." 

In an interview with InStyle's Kylie Gilbert that was published on Friday, the model spoke about partaking in Dry January and her non-alcoholic beverage brand Kin Euphoric. The 25-year-old co-founded Kin Euphorics with Jen Batchelor and announced the brand in September 2021. 

"I have done my fair share of drinking. I loved alcohol and it got to the point where even I started to, you know, cancel nights out that I felt like I wouldn't be able to control myself," Hadid told the outlet. 

Hadid said that she once underwent brain scans from her doctor, who's also one of Kin's medical advisors, and viewed the effects of alcohol on her brain. She told InStyle that the experience made it "a lot harder to pick up the glass." 

Hadid, who's been sober since mid-2021, told the outlet that she doesn't see herself going back to alcohol. 

"I don't feel the need because I know how it will affect me at 3 in the morning when I wake up with horrible anxiety thinking about that one thing I said five years ago when I graduated high school," Hadid said. 


Video: Bella Hadid shared crying selfies with her mom because she couldn’t articulate her ‘excruciating’ pain (Yahoo! Lifestyle)

She continued: "There's just this never-ending effect of, essentially, you know, pain and stress over those few drinks that didn't really do much, you know?" 

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Representatives for Hadid did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Hadid was previously arrested for a DUI when she was 17 years old in 2014, according to E! News. People reported that Hadid served six months of probation, 25 hours of community service, 20 hours of Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, and had her license suspended for one year. 

Hadid has been very candid about her journey with mental health. 

This month, Hadid told WSJ Magazine's Lane Florsheim that she hadn't used a stylist in "maybe two years" and struggled to get dressed in the morning due to anxiety. 

"I was in such a weird place mentally that it was really complicated for me to get out of the house and put an outfit together, especially with the anxiety of [paparazzi] being outside and all that," she told the outlet. 

In November 2021, Hadid shared photos of herself crying in an Instagram post. 

"This is pretty much my everyday, every night For a few years now," she wrote. "Social media is not real. For anyone struggling , please remember that. Sometimes all you've gotta hear is that you're not alone. So from me to you, you're not alone. I love you, I see you, and I hear you." 

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