Patricia Heaton has long been honest about her struggles with alcohol, and she's now opening up about basically being "humiliated" into sobriety three years ago.
While speaking to Elizabeth Vargas on her "Heart of the Matter" podcast, the "Everybody Loves Raymond" alum recalled attending a dinner party at her son's home in Nashville when her rock-bottom moment occurred after she drank wine before, during and after the party.
"And I was just filling my glass with red wine throughout the five or six hours that we were together. I don't know how many glasses it was, and I felt completely sober and fine," she said. "I was making a joke to the table, and I started saying, 'You know, in our family it's a tradition…' And I could not pronounce the word 'tradition.' I tried three times, and I couldn't say the word."
To this day, she doesn't know how she was pronouncing the word, but she knows it was wrong.
While this happened, one of her sons said, "Oh, great, Mom. You can't even talk."
"I was so humiliated in front of my sons and their friends," the actress remembers. "And God knows that that's all it takes for me to have that kind of sense of their mom's looking drunk in front of them. But, also, I thought, 'I feel fine. What is happening in my brain? What is the alcohol doing to my brain where the synapses are misfiring to the point where I can't say this word?'"
In that very moment she told herself that she was done drinking.
Patricia has maintained her sobriety for three years.
"I feel now that I can do anything if I can get rid of alcohol," she said. "Alcohol's the hardest thing in my life."