Mary Killen has opened up about her decision to quit drinking after she was left ill for several days.
The Gogglebox star, 68, caught campylobacter food poisoning, which can cause diarrhoea, cramps, fever and pain, and left her vomiting for five days.
She believes she may have gotten the infection from eating “grubby” vegetables.
In the past she enjoyed a few glasses of wine five days a week, but she’s given the habit up because the illness made her feel repulsed by booze.
“Immediately afterwards, I found I couldn’t face alcohol,” Mary, who stars in Gogglebox with her husband Giles, told the Daily Mail.
“I remember going to a house party on the Isle of Mull a short time later. All sorts of wonderful wines were being served and I couldn’t touch any of them.
“It made me recoil – reminding me of when I was pregnant with our two daughters, both of whom are now in their 20s.
“It has completely lost its appeal. I don’t even like the smell of it… I don’t know if it was physiological or psychological, but I couldn’t face it.”
Mary and Giles joined Gogglebox in 2015.
They quickly became fan favourites thanks to their eccentricities and their “nutty” nickname for each other.
She recently said the show saved their marriage.
Mary told the Daily Star: “Giles and I were like ships that pass in the night. I got up early. He went to bed late. And we rarely even ate together.
“I know a few couples who have split up because they have decided they can’t stand one another.
“Sitting down and watching television reminded us how much we enjoyed the same jokes.”