NEW YORK (January 24, 2014) ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is publicly acknowledging that she's an alcoholic, and says it took her years to admit it.
In an interview aired Friday on "Good Morning America," Vargas said hiding her drinking from others left her "exhausted."
She said her go-to drink was wine which, increasingly during her adulthood she used to manage her anxiety and stress.
She said she has suffered panic attacks since she was a child.
Last fall, Vargas spent several weeks in a treatment facility and is now in Alcoholics Anonymous.
She told "GMA" co-anchor George Stephanopoulos she's "proud" of confronting her problem.
She said she's ready to resume her duties as co-anchor of "20/20."
Vargas has worked in network news since 1993, first with NBC and then ABC, which she joined in 1996.