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'I replaced my alcohol addiction with Tinder'

Award-winning writer and comedian Eleanor Conway on the nature of addiction - and how the road to sobriety can have many detours

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Eleanor Conway's show You May Recognise Me From Tinder is coming to The International in Dublin on March 26

Eleanor Conway's show You May Recognise Me From Tinder is coming to The International in Dublin on March 26

Eleanor Conway's show You May Recognise Me From Tinder is coming to The International in Dublin on March 26

I've always been an addict, even as a child I'd gorge on chocolate in a way that I'd gorge on booze, sex, drugs, laxatives, exercise and work in my later years.

I remember as a young child being invited to birthday parties and sweeping through plates of biscuits, cake and sugar, barely savouring the taste until I felt too full with food and shame, promising myself that next time I'd eat like a lady. I have a theory that there's two types of biscuit eaters in the world: people that can eat one biscuit and put the rest of the packet away, and then people like me, who have to eat the whole packet as soon as it's open.

When I talk of biscuits, I'm obviously talking about sex.