The former editor of The Sun, David Yelland, has described how he battled alcoholism, sometimes drinking four bottles of wine a day while working at the red-top.
He began drinking as a teenager and said he “was drunk nearly every night for 24 years”. He routinely fell asleep in front of the television after drinking heavily and once went for a breakfast meeting with The Sun's proprietor Rupert Murdoch wearing two shirts and two ties.
Mr Yelland, who edited The Sun from 1998 to 2003, vowed never to drink again on the day his ex-wife died of breast cancer in 2006. He is publishing a novel, The Truth About Leo, about a boy with an alcoholic father.