Palestinian supermodel Bella Hadid quits drinking after feeling like she 'couldn't control' herself

Palestinian supermodel Bella Hadid quits drinking after feeling like she 'couldn't control' herself
Hadid decided to quit drinking after a brain scan showed her alcohol's dangerous effects.
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24 January, 2022
Hadid says she no longer feels the need to drink as alcohol used to give her "horrible anxiety" [Getty]

Palestinian American Supermodel Bella Hadid quit drinking after having nights out where she felt like she couldn't control herself, InStyle revealed on Friday.

Hadid said she had done her "fair share of drinking" but shunned alcohol after a scan showed her the effects of alcohol on her brain, making it "a lot harder to pick up the glass", she told the magazine.

Around 15 percent of all UK adults (7.9 million Brits) planned to join the likes of Hadid by participating in Dry January - a one-month alcohol-free challenge - this year, according to the British charity Alcohol Change.

But the supermodel quit alcohol altogether roughly six months ago, describing the heavy burden of "pain and stress" that she associates with booze.

"I don't feel the need [to drink] because I know how it will affect me at 3 in the morning when I wake up with horrible anxiety thinking about that one thing I said five years ago when I graduated high school," Hadid explained.

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"There's just this never-ending effect of, essentially, you know, pain and stress over those few drinks that didn't really do much," the model added.

Hadid became the co-founder of Kin Euphorics - a non-alcoholic beverage company designed "to balance mind, body and spirit" - last September, as the brand came to the forefront of the sober curious movement.

"Whether you are sober [or] trying to cut down... Kin will be the first to bring brain care to the bar," the model shared as she announced her new role, stating the drink helped with her anxiety.

Hadid has made headlines throughout the past year, including her support for Palestine during the Gaza war last May, when over 250 Palestinians were killed during an Israeli bombing campaign.

The model continues to post with pride about her Palestinian heritage on social media, most recently writing that she feels "so lucky to come after so many strong Palestinian women" in a post on Saturday about her late auntie.