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Chiles ‘too good' at drinking to notice he had problem

The broadcaster has said he never got hangovers.

Adrian Chiles has said he was “too good” at drinking to notice he had a problem.

The BBC 5 Live presenter has spoken about his alcohol consumption after a doctor warned him he could not continue drinking at his rate of 100 units a week.

Chiles, 51, has said that not getting hangovers and not getting into fights made him feel that he was not a problem drinker.

But, speaking on Good Morning Britain, the Birmingham-born broadcaster said that a day without a drink would “not feel like a proper day”.

Chiles was talking ahead of an upcoming BBC documentary, Drinkers Like Me.

During filming he was told by a doctor that he could not continue his level of drinking.

He said: “I was kind of too good at it. I don’t get hangovers, I don’t fight, I don’t wake up with strangers.

“I don’t drink during the day, I don’t drink alone. I thought ‘I’m fine’, but I was a heavy drinker without realising it.

“The problem was I didn’t have a problem.”

West Bromwich Albion fan Chiles added that realising what he was consuming for the BBC show made him want to cut down.

He said: “I’ve been drinking since I was 15. It’s always been a massive part of my life. I want to shrink it down to the ones I really want.”

Drinkers Like Me is due to air on BBC Two on August 27.

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