Luann de Lesseps Drank 7 Drinks A Day Before Her Arrest — And Has Lost 8 Lbs. Since Getting Sober


By Dan Wakeford and Natalie Stone

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Luann de Lesseps says her “embarrassing” Christmas Eve arrest was the wake-up call she needed to get her life in order.

Last year, the Real Housewives of New York City star, who always drank alcohol socially, began drinking more heavily — at least seven drinks a day — following her August split from ex-husband Tom D’Agostino Jr. — just seven months after they tied the knot in a New Years’ Eve wedding in Palm Beach, Florida.

“I would start with a martini and maybe have two martinis, and then get into the wine at dinner,” de Lesseps, 52, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on stands Friday. “Then I’d have a little bit of vodka soda going out.”

Eventually, the alcohol wasn’t numbing the pain. “I would have the hair of the dog drink the next day, and drink more, and it didn’t feel good. Alcohol just stopped working for me,” she says…click here to continue reading