'20/20' Host Elizabeth Vargas to Pen Alcoholism Memoir

 

ABC's 20/20 host Elizabeth Vargas has signed to write a memoir about her struggle with alcoholism, Grand Central Publishing announced. 

The untitled book will be published in spring 2016. 

News of Vargas' disease went public in late 2013 when it reported she was in a rehab facility for treatment. She spoke openly about her addiction during an appearance on Good Morning America in January 2014. 

Grand Central's announcement says Vargas will offer a "no-holds-barred account" of how she turned to alcohol to cope with crippling anxiety attacks, the double life she led as an alcoholic and her time in rehab. Vargas also hopes to to provide "solace and guidance" to others suffering from the disease. 

"When I first began to worry about my own drinking, I turned to books other women had written about their own alcoholism," said Vargas. "I learned I was not alone, and it helped me find the courage to reach out and get help. I have spent my entire life telling other peoples’ stories.  This one is my own, and is incredibly personal: the burden and the loneliness of the secret drinker. If just one other person can relate to it, it will make my own story worth writing, and I will have paid the gift forward."

Vargas was represented by CAA on the book deal. Editor-in-chief Deb Futter represented Grand Central. 

 

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