Kelly Ripa on her decision to quit drinking: ‘I felt better so I just stopped’

Kelly Ripa is speaking up about her decision to quit drinking.

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In an interview, the “Live with Kelly and Ryan” have 49, said everything began with a “sober month” with her and her girlfriends about three years prior.

“We as a whole did it together –  and I just never returned to it. It wasn’t even actually a point of view. It felt extraordinary, I felt like I looked incredible, I felt like I didn’t feel hungover,” she explained. “Not that I was an overwhelming drinker –  I wasn’t someone who become inebriated –  but even like two glasses of wine at a girl’s night out dinner, I would feel it the following morning.”

She continued, “I just didn’t generally feel the need or desire to return to it. It wasn’t generally a choice or an idea, it was just, ‘No doubt, I surmise I don’t drink any longer.’ ”

She also dispelled the legend that co-have Ryan Seacrest’s arrival at the show is the thing that drove her to stop.

“Ryan likes to reprimand himself for me stopping drinking, he’s like, ‘I arrived and you stopped drinking.’ It truly was not that,” she said.

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Ripa also contrasted the procedure with her decision to quit smoking around 25 years back.

“Quitting smoking I truly needed to think about,” she said. “I was like: ‘Smoking prompts malignant growth and it will kill you.’ It was a thing I needed to let myself know. Furthermore, I was like, ‘It gives you wrinkles.’ And that was the thing that was truly terrifying. But you don’t have any desire to die early, unnecessarily, over cigarettes… Be that as it may, drinking was exceptionally simple I didn’t generally think about it by any stretch of the imagination.”

The only difference? How people around her responded.

“No one at any point asked me for what reason. However, I quit drinking and everyone’s like, ‘For what reason did you quit drinking?’ ” she said. “I’m not comparing cigarettes to liquor, yet for me it was just like, I don’t do that any longer. I felt better so I just stopped.”