Looking through Alysia Magen’s Instagram page, you’d think the model and content creator lived a perfect, idyllic life.
But behind closed doors, she spent years “barely functioning” and battling alcoholism.
Magen, a US Air Force veteran, shares sultry snaps with her 1.5 million followers. In contrast to the façade she’d carefully built, however, the creator was drinking up to “10 bottles of wine a day” — and was killing himself because of it.
“I didn’t know I was an alcoholic, I thought it was just something to manage anxiety,” the 33-year-old told Jam Press, admitting that she drank “from morning until night” as a coping mechanism for reportedly being physically , emotionally and financially abused by ex-partners.
“I would wake up in the morning shaking from withdrawal,” Magen continued. “At the time I thought that was a panic attack and I would start drinking shooters (spirits) as soon as I woke up.”
According to Magen, she began drinking when she was in the military, with her alcoholism getting worse after she was allegedly demoted for posting a sexy snap of herself on Instagram, alongside one of her in military uniform.
The model — who is now six months sober — said her peers ostracized her as