Girls’ Booze Not Aloud: Band Ban Alcohol On Tour

Girls Aloud will see no beers allowed on their upcoming 10th anniversary tour, as the popsters have reportedly decided to ban all booze from their tour, a rule that doesn’t just apply to the girls themselves but also backing dancers and staff.

The move is apparently designed to help band member Sarah Harding, who was treated for alcohol addiction in 2011, with bandmates Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Cole and Nadine Coyle foregoing the odd drink to support their friend.

Harding was treated for depression and alcohol abuse after she found herself in a downward spiral after splitting from fiance Tom Crane in 2011. To avoid any potential relapse, the girls have allegedly agreed to go dry.

A source told The Sun: “The girls have decided to ban alcohol altogether in support of Sarah. She’s still dealing with her alcohol problem two years on – and they’ve decided to ban it out of respect for her. It’s only fair, they don’t want her falling off the wagon and going back to how she was after she split from Tom.”

In 2011, talking about her addiction, Harding told HELLO!: ”The following night, I saw Nicola and Kimberley for dinner. I wasn’t in a good state at all – I was very hungover. But the first thing I wanted to do was open a bottle of wine. I know they were really worried about me.”

In the same interview, she said of her recovery: “I am trying really hard to be healthy. I have met up with friends in London since I got back and I’ve realised I can socialise without booze.”

Girls Aloud’s tour kicks off in Newcastle on February 21.

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