Mandy & Paul
UK - Mandy Allwood, 42, has confessed she is downing up to three bottles of wine a day to cope with the loss of her octuplets, her daughters, and her cheating lover.
Mandy says she starts drinking at 7am. She needs alcohol to help her sleep, but she often wakes up at 3am and drinks more.
Mandy grabbed headlines in 1996 when she became pregnant with eight babies after taking fertility drugs. She went into labor at 22 weeks. The six boys and two girls were all born alive but were so underdeveloped they died within an hour.
She made a hefty sum of money selling her story but spent it all. Twelve years later, she is lonely and almost penniless. She's jobless and lives on state handouts.
The money goes not on food but booze. "I can go a week without eating. Drink is the problem. I'll drink any wine as long as it's at least 13 per cent alcohol.
Mandy split in 2006 from long-term partner Paul Hudson, who fathered the octuplets, after he confessed to an affair and a string of one-night stands. The relationship ended when she called him one evening and heard another woman in the background say, "Three f***ing years, Paul!"
She confronted him the next day, and he "admitted having an affair with the woman for three years. And he said he'd slept with 40 others. That b****** even had a smile on his face as he told me. I wish I'd never met him."
The break-up sent Mandy into a spiral of depression; she took solace in drink. "Some days it was two bottles," she said. "Then two and a half. Then three."
At the time, the couple's three daughters were living with Mandy. That came to an end last November. "I had to pop round the corner to get a bottle of wine and decided to take the kids with me. It was about 5pm and the police were waiting for me at the top of the road.'"
After social services took the children away they went to live with their dad. Now Mandy only speaks to them twice a week.
She's attempted suicide twice. In the first attempt last May, she made a noose, hung it over a garage beam and agonized for hours about ending it. Weeks later, in June, she swallowed 80 painkillers washed down with wine in a public toilet. A woman found her and called the ambulance.
Well, if she keeps it up, she'll be dead anyway. Doesn't she have any family? And she "had" to pop 'round to the store to buy more booze with her daughters in the car?