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Why Frank Skinner thinks being teetotal is 'the greatest gift' to children

Frank Skinner admitted his own father used to drink regularly

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Emmy Griffiths
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Frank Skinner has opened up about quitting alcohol, and how he thinks it has made him a better father to his five-year-old son, Buzz. The 61-year-old told the Mirror: "I know I am not a bloke who could go out and have a couple of pints… My dad John [a factory worker] always used to say 'none or enough' and that was a bit of a family motto. And I have realised, since having a kid, that the greatest gift you can give a child is a teetotal parent, because you haven't got the terrible tension in the house at about 10.50pm when Dad comes home... and that's something everyone I knew was brought up with. That feeling of, 'I hope Dad is going to be in a good mood when he gets in'."

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Frank opened up about going teetotal

The comedian, who revealed that he thought he was an alcoholic in his twenties, continued: "I didn't define myself as an alcoholic at the time but I was, looking back. I did a questionnaire and I ticked a lot of boxes and I thought, 'Hmm, maybe I am'. Alcoholic is a pretty nasty word, certainly when you're in the midst of it."

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Frank, who will host the new series of Room 101 starring Charlie Brooker, Scarlett Moffatt and Pearl Mackie, has been in a relationship with Buzz's mum, Cath Mason, since 2001, and joked that he has proposed to her four-times during their relationship as she isn't a fan of marriage. He said: "I want to marry for love, and I do love her… At the moment Buzz is more interested in seeing The Last Jedi than us getting married. But he likes a party so, you know, any excuse. It's not out of the question."