Natalie J Robb, 45, has been playing the chaotic character Moira Barton on Emmerdale for over 10 years. Playing the character of Moira has put Natalie in some interesting dilemmas from illicit affairs to death and even drugs. For Natalie, living a less chaotic life and putting her health first brought her to make a brave decision at the beginning of the year to improve all aspects of her life.
Natalie continued: “The first few months were the hardest, socially, but after that, I was surprised by how easy it was.
“I used to drink every weekend but when you think about how long it takes your liver and kidneys to process alcohol, all you’re doing is topping up.
“That scared me.”
What happens to the body when there is an excess of alcohol?
Alcohol.org said: “Although a person may not be abusing alcohol regularly, they can still experience its short-term effects on the mind and body.
“The liver can metabolise about one standard drink of alcohol per hour.
“However, this can vary depending on a number of factors, including the individual’s age, weight, liver function and gender.
“The short-term effects of alcohol include trouble concentrating, loss of coordination, loss of critical judgement, mood swings, reduced core body temperature and raised blood pressure.
“The long-term effects are memory loss, diminished grey matter, liver fibrosis, certain cancers, stroke and an irregular heartbeat.”
Despite the character Moira’s ups and downs, Natalie relishes the opportunity to play such a feisty and complex character and since giving up alcohol is able to play her even better.
“I’ve got so much more energy and I’m more productive.
‘And I don’t miss the two-day hangovers,” she added.