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Radio Africa’s Oliver Mathenge lays bare, his alcohol addiction, depression and suicide attempts

Radio Africa’s Digital Editor Oliver Mathenge has opened up about his battle with alcohol and depression.

Through a post on social media, Mathenge admits that his life has spiraled out of control the last two years on account of his love for the bottle.

He confesses that has been drinking too much that it affected his job, his marriage and his relationship with people around him.

” It became a routine for me to leave the office for a bar for several beers or a bottle of whisky, I even got to work late after drinking too much and my productivity nosedived,” Mathenge wrote in part.

With the drinking and depression, the journalist confesses he attempted to commit suicide, twice.

The past two years, he watched helplessly as his life fell apart, sinking hundreds of thousands in debt.

Alcohol officially took over his life, plunging him into untold horrors until mid 2017 when he sought help to deal with depression, anger and disappointment in life.

Oliver Mathenge,, a Digital Editor at Radio Africa. Photo: Instagram/OliverMathenge

Still, he flirted with the bottle the whole of December last year until Friday, December 29 when he made a decision to quit alcohol.

He skipped alcohol on 30th and 31st, woke up on Monday, January 1,  sober as a nun and that heralded his recovery.

He began a- 100 days challenge of no alcohol which he smashed on Monday, April 9.

Mathenge says that he is looking forward to beating the addiction for good, mending broken relationships.  And paying off his debts.

So far so good.

Viva, Oliver!

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