March 26, 2024 – Renowned architect Hugh Wallace has opened up … Known for his appearances on television, Mr Wallace revealed the hidden struggles he faced as an alcoholic in a country where alcoholism is “spoken about with bravado” rather than acknowledgment of a serious health issue. 

The architect recounted the moment of revelation when a doctor finally diagnosed him as an alcoholic at the age of 55. Despite feeling “stupid”, he realised immense relief at finally understanding his condition and having the opportunity to seek treatment. “I can’t describe how stupid I felt, he stated while talking to Katie, “I finally knew what was wrong with me, the relief of knowing I wasn’t going to die and I could get treatment and change my life around. I was given a second chance at life.”

However, he acknowledged his privilege in being able to afford treatment, highlighting the stark reality for many others who lack such resources.