Radio and TV star Yumi Stynes has revealed how giving up alcohol three and a half years ago has changed her life for the better, after she developed a problem with drinking at age 15.

The 45-year-old Australian presenter said while she has no problems with other people accompanying delicious wine with good food, she has ‘resigned’ herself to the fact that she will ‘never drink again’.

‘I’m skiing, I’m extremely fit and healthy and my productivity is through the roof,’ Yumi told Gourmet Traveller

‘Not drinking is the price I pay for having an awesome life.’

Radio and TV star Yumi Stynes (pictured) revealed how giving up alcohol three and a half years ago has changed her life for the better, after she developed a problem with drinking at age 15

Radio and TV star Yumi Stynes (pictured) revealed how giving up alcohol three and a half years ago has changed her life for the better, after she developed a problem with drinking at age 15

Radio and TV star Yumi Stynes (pictured) revealed how giving up alcohol three and a half years ago has changed her life for the better, after she developed a problem with drinking at age 15

The 45-year-old Australian presenter (pictured) said while she has no problems with other people accompanying delicious wine with good food, she has 'resigned' herself to the fact that she will 'never drink again'

The 45-year-old Australian presenter (pictured) said while she has no problems with other people accompanying delicious wine with good food, she has 'resigned' herself to the fact that she will 'never drink again'

The 45-year-old Australian presenter (pictured) said while she has no problems with other people accompanying delicious wine with good food, she has ‘resigned’ herself to the fact that she will ‘never drink again’

Yumi who is known for presenting the ABC podcast, Ladies, We Need Talk, has previously admitted she had her first drink at age 12, before she started ‘drinking seriously’ at the age of 15.

She said she would get her hands on some alcohol ‘most weekends’, before she turned 16 and had more spending money and a fake ID to help her to source beer. 

By the time she was in her 20s, Yumi said alcohol was the ‘medicine’ that got her through life, as well as a ‘hobby’ and a ‘habit’.

Yumi (pictured at home) said she had her first drink when she was just 12 years old, before she started drinking as a hobby as a teenager into her 20s

Yumi (pictured at home) said she had her first drink when she was just 12 years old, before she started drinking as a hobby as a teenager into her 20s

Yumi (pictured at home) said she had her first drink when she was just 12 years old, before she started drinking as a hobby as a teenager into her 20s

‘Not until I took a break to have my first baby at 25 was it that I even experienced what it felt like to not be hungover most days,’ she told the ABC.

‘But after each baby the drink pulled me back in, and the contrast between sober times and drinking times made it very clear that I was not good at drinking and that moderation was something I was unable to practise.’  

Over the years, the 45-year-old revealed she has quit alcohol no less than three times, until the last time three and a half years ago when she gave it up for good.

She said that getting through the first two weeks without alcohol is always the hardest, but once you reach that point, you’re ‘in with a chance’ of quitting for good.

Over the years, the 45-year-old (pictured in 2015) revealed she has quit alcohol no less than three times, until the last time three and a half years ago when she gave it up for good

Over the years, the 45-year-old (pictured in 2015) revealed she has quit alcohol no less than three times, until the last time three and a half years ago when she gave it up for good

Over the years, the 45-year-old (pictured in 2015) revealed she has quit alcohol no less than three times, until the last time three and a half years ago when she gave it up for good

Nowadays, Yumi fills her days with running, skiing, cooking (pictured) and being a mother to her children

Nowadays, Yumi fills her days with running, skiing, cooking (pictured) and being a mother to her children

Nowadays, Yumi fills her days with running, skiing, cooking (pictured) and being a mother to her children

Nowadays, Yumi fills her days with running, skiing, cooking and being a mother to her children. 

She swears by ‘daily vigorous exercise’ in order to stay fit and healthy, as well as cooking healthy meals at home and socialising with friends and family.  

Yumi has also found that it’s helpful to talk with other women who have been scarred from drinking, which she has done on her podcast. 

She has also been to AA meetings, and has ‘spoken openly’ about her problems. 

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