Lovato: I can't drink responsibly

This Is Local London: Demi Lovato has opened up about her substance abuse issues Demi Lovato has opened up about her substance abuse issues

Demi Lovato has admitted she fears she could "spiral out of control" if she were to have an alcoholic drink.

The X Factor USA judge - who has suffered from bulimia, self-harming and depression and ended up in rehab in 2010 - revealed she can't indulge in a recreational tipple because she doesn't want to fall back into her old ways.

"Some people can smoke and drink recreationally. I'm not one of those people. If I do that, it will spiral out of control very quickly. I've lost the privilege of being able to drink responsibly," she told OK! magazine.

The 21-year-old Neon Lights singer confessed it was hard to stay on the straight and narrow when her dad Patrick died in June, but that she decided to "stay strong".

Demi - who also recently opened up about her cocaine addiction - said: "I worked so hard on my sobriety - I wasn't going to give it up.

"When I feel like I want to give up I think to myself, 'No, what about the 17-year-old girl that's been free of self-harming for nine months?' If I give up my sobriety, that would mean it would be OK for her to go back to self-harming."

Earlier this month Demi spoke out about her previous drug problems, telling Access Hollywood: "I couldn't go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes. I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I'd sneak to the bathroom and I'd do it."

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