Home and Away star Emily Weir reveals 'frightening' battle with alcohol addiction

Home and Away star Emily Weir has been living the dream, after nabbing a highly contested role on the Aussie soap that kick-started careers of actors such as Chris Hemsworth and Isla Fisher.

However, the Australian actress revealed to Who Magazine that due to anxiety and panic attacks, she previously turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism.

Emily Weir poses for the camera wearing a beige cinderella style dress for her WHO Magazine photoshoot
Home and Away star Emily Weir was named as one of WHO's 2022 Changemakers. Photo: Instagram/weir.emily

While the star is now sober, attends AA meetings and has regular sessions with a counsellor – she still wants to talk about her past struggles with anxiety and addiction.

She mentions that when she was younger, “anxiety wasn’t spoken about like it is now.”

Elaborating further she adds, “The more you shine a light on anxiety and addiction, the less power it has.”

“It’s definitely not easy, but by speaking out, I hope anyone else who’s struggling realises that these issues can and do affect anyone.”

Emily Weir wears a red two piece outfit and poses for the camera with her hands in her hair
Emily Weir's character Mackenzie Booth is a fan favourite. Photo: Instagram/lauravazquezbeauty

How Emily Weir’s struggles with anxiety led her to alcohol

Emily’s parents divorced when she was 19, and that was the beginning of her downward spiral. She started suffering from panic attacks but had no idea what anxiety was. For her, this was a very scary moment.

Reflecting on her experience she explains, “I went from being the centre of my social group and a real high-flyer to someone whose lights had gone out. It was frightening.”

Emily Weir as her character Mackenzie Booth on the Australian Soap Home and Away
Emily's struggle began when she was just 19, turning to alcohol as a coping mechanism. Photo: Seven

From there, Emily turned to booze to combat crippling anxiety – but hid her addiction well. On the outside, her career was soaring.

After a particularly messy night, the actress realised her lifestyle was untenable.

“I knew I had to stop drinking. It wasn’t serving me well and I knew I had to finally address why I was drinking.”


Emily Weir as her character Mackenzie Booth in a red blazer on the set of Home and Away
The actress is in a good place now, crediting AA and her counsellor for helping her. Photo: Seven

Fan favourite Emily Weir wasn’t afraid to seek help for her issues

Emily’s star was on the rise but she was determined to seek help for her condition. With the help of AA and her counsellor, she was able to take control of her life.

“I feel very lucky to have found the help I needed.”

“There’s no right or wrong way through this for anyone, but I am fortunate that I found a way that works for me.”

Emily Weir dressed as Mackenzie Booth in a green outfit, smiling at the camera on the set of Home and Away
She has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and addiction to help others. Photo: Instagram/weir.emily

While the star is grateful and happy with where she is now, she won’t stop shining a light on anxiety and addiction.

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

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