The beloved actor was shocked
The Thodoris Atheridis spoke at the conference “Don't get addicted” about his ethics in alcohol and shocked by his confession.
“I had a background from a father who was a heavy drinker, no joke. At 15 I suddenly had panic attacks out of nowhere, I thought demons were coming. They took me to the IKA to a neurologist, who said that these things appear in adolescence and gave me some medicine.
In the third panic attack, November night, I ran to the ouzo where my dad was drinking with his friends . He sees me and says “Again?” and I say “Yes”. He tells me “sit there” and says “John, grab a beer”. The panic attack lasts 20 to 30 minutes and because it eased with the beer, I took a beer each time and slowly introduced it into my life.
All my friends did heroin and I never did because I was scared. This saved me, because with the problems I had if I had tried and realized that I didn't mind, I would take it again and have another development. With alcohol I hit it off and ended up drinking a bottle of whiskey a day with too many beers.
I never pictured myself drunk, except late at night anymore. I could never imagine being able to write or play without alcohol. I would sleep an hour and wake up with a chest pain that wouldn't go away unless I drank beer at 4am. I was drinking from 4 in the morning until 2 in the evening.
They told me for many years that I drink, I said no and what are you saying. If you don't admit you have a problem, you don't do anything. In August 1999 I drank 26 carafes of tsikoudia and suddenly I fell head first on the table and they took me to the sea to vomit. The humiliation had hit rock bottom. Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. It is a progressive, fatal disease. You are always responsible for your recovery,” he said characteristically.