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Q100’s Bert Weiss says he has been a ‘binge drinker,’ but not an alcoholic

Bert Weiss made a confession last month about a drinking problem. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/ajc.com

Bert Weiss made a confession last month about a drinking problem. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/ajc.com

Q100 host Bert Weiss told listeners this morning that he has been a binge drinker but feels he is not an alcoholic.

“I’m not the guy who craves alcohol every day or even every two weeks,” he said. “My problem and my concern is when I do go out, if I’m with a whole bunch of friends, it’s difficult for me to put the brakes on. That means I’ll be hung over the next day. I’ll do stupid things and I’ll spend a large amount of time the next day texting apologies.”

Weiss dubbed himself a “binge drinker,” saying he’s been following this pattern going back to college. But now he’s in his mid-40s and feels it’s time to grow up.

Last month, he first told listeners about the issue and 11 Alive talked to him about it. “I’ve got two kids now, I’ve got a 10 year old and a 5 year old, who I’m just getting more present to — I just want to be a role model to them when they’re not around,” Weiss told the station at the time.

He attended some Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and members gave him a general litmus test. Can he take one drink at a bar and walk away. Then can he come back and do it again? He said so far, the past few weeks, he’s been able to put the cap on, saying it’s been easier than he thought.

“I’m in a different part of my life,” he said. “The way I’ve partied the last six months and some stupid things I’ve done has shaken me. I don’t want to be that guy anymore.”

But he said the problem will not go away so he has to be aware of it the rest of his life. and he’s going to stick more with club soda than alcohol at parties from here on out.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says binge drinking is the most common problem with alcohol, which is defined as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grams percent or above. For guys, this means men consume five or more drinks, and when women consume four or more drinks, in about 2 hours or less.

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse, as many as 43 percent of men and 29 percent of women say they binge drink at least once a year. One in six binge drinkers do so an average of four times a month.

The CDC web site notes that  “most people who binge drink are not alcohol dependent.”

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70 comments Add your comment

Allison Wonderland

January 9th, 2013
8:58 am

I just hope he doesnt end up hurting someone or make headlines like Amanda Davis.

K-Ster

January 9th, 2013
9:03 am

JEEZE he’s desperate for PR time… What a needy [small] ego!

Greg

January 9th, 2013
9:13 am

He does this stuff for ratings just like he exposed his wife to the world that she was a pill addict. This story did not require topp billing on 11 Alive like it did when he told it last month. I concur with K-Ster

DebDoes

January 9th, 2013
9:16 am

We love you Bert! Thanks for talking about this publicly and being a man a about it! There are alot of people out there that need to ‘grow up’ finally.

Dumb utter

January 9th, 2013
9:20 am

He’s a nice guy who said this casually in jest on the air and now it’s being turned into this. K-STAR and Greg, you PERFECT people who find it so easy to judge should show a little grace here and stop being rude

Mercedes S.

January 9th, 2013
9:29 am

I pity his kids who not only have to grow up with an alcoholic father, then they suffer the enmbarrassment of having the whole world know about it.

K-Ster

January 9th, 2013
9:29 am

Dumb utter: So, Greg and I cannot try and get attention in a silly attempt at relevance in the manner that Bert does? If I put a microphone up to my face and brag about ups and downs, does that make it okay? Burt MENTIONED this, he did not make a big stink about HELPING SOCIETY about this. He knew what he was doing: planting a ratings seed for the gullible masses to fall folly to.

I’m not perfect, but it might appear so because I do not air my dirty laundry for the sake of $$$ and fictitious fame. When your listeners say the words ‘umm’, ‘like’, ‘and *grunt* YEAH’ more than anything of value, then you are NOT providing entertainment. Rather, it’s a bucket dump of ignorant minds sucked into lame gossip.

ummwhutwhut?

January 9th, 2013
9:31 am

Alcoholism is alcoholism. He is an alcoholic. Glad he is doing something about it!

I have no sympathy for anyone who gets a DUI. The punishment for all DUI related offenses are too lenient.

jimbo722

January 9th, 2013
9:31 am

Why is it that anything muttered on the air at Q100 is published on this blog? Really Rodney, I like your column, but all we seem to see radio-wise is Q100. Melissa Carter leaving TBS, oh wait, she’s now on All News 106.7. Jenn Hobby is leaving TBS, oh wait, she is now on Kicks. Bert’s feelings are hurt because his good friend is now his competition on Star94. Have I missed anything? Bert binges a bit. Are you kidding me? I guess Mark Richards (PD at Kicks) being let go after 10 years at Kicks was not news enough for this board. Also I think the afternoon guy at B98.5 is out too, but you wouldn’t know it by this blog.

edge770

January 9th, 2013
9:59 am

Q-100 is a bunch of metro sexual wusses, that are as needy as a 5 year old. If he was my employee (like the rest of the whiners) they be terminated from my station. It’s Cumulus that needs to grow up.

HeyStacyWeiss

January 9th, 2013
10:09 am

Looks like Bert is NOTHING without his castmates!

I really like his competition on Star! The karma train is a comin’!!!

Summer

January 9th, 2013
10:22 am

Way to go Bert. I dont listen to your show, however I think I am having the same problem. WTH it sucks, but I’m with you its time to grow up even if its not fun. I wish you luck. You haters and judgers on here better watch it you will need grace one day yourselves.

lkjlk

January 9th, 2013
10:23 am

In other news, my ex had a serious issue with gas.

John Foy the Strong Arm

January 9th, 2013
10:33 am

Denial is a major sign of being a full blown alcoholic.

been there, done that

January 9th, 2013
10:36 am

I’ve over indulged and embarrased myself plenty. He’s not being honest with himself, if he thinks binge drinking and being a alcoholic are not one in the same. Thankfully, I got over the embarrassment and drink to my heart’s delight and my liver’s demise.

i'm just sayin

January 9th, 2013
10:37 am

Before you all get bent out of shape, this is my OPINION that ‘I” am entitled to. If a Radio Personality on one of the Rap OR R&B stations had confessed to this, he or she would be TERMINATED NOT GLORIFIED.

dre

January 9th, 2013
10:38 am

ikjik,

Did she/he go to flatulence anynomous.

Coco

January 9th, 2013
10:51 am

He was trying to trump what would be Hobby’s departure the following day when he dropped this attention-getting “bombshell.” Bert & Jenn had a falling out and she was bound to leave TBS. Not knowing where she’d land and (as always) trying to save face, she announced she would be going back to school — studying for the GRE. She did ultimately land a DJ gig. Shocking: she doesn’t have to go thru with her “back to school” threat. (Yes, she knew she was pregnant, so no one can say that changed things.)

Coco

January 9th, 2013
11:09 am

P.S. By “falling out” — it was clear to all listeners after marrying, Jenn found Jesus, claimed to lead a “picture perfect” life, wouldn’t stop saying “Happy wife, happy life” ad nauseum, etc. — never had any stories for radio that didn’t paint herself in the most positive light possible. It got old, very old, for listeners. Bert saw thru the BS. Thanks, Bert!

crackbaby

January 9th, 2013
11:27 am

What about recreational drinking?

There is no pattern. Not an addict. We don’t stay up until daybreak, etc. Sometimes drinking in a social setting is fun. For those of us who aren’t ugly, angry or belligerent drunks, it’s no big deal.

Some people can handle it. Many cannot. That is where the distinction lies.

crackbaby

January 9th, 2013
11:29 am

ALCOHOL – Helping ugly people have sex for thousands of years!

jack

January 9th, 2013
11:34 am

Bert’s a drunk who has this “revelation” multiple times a year, he’s had kids for 10 years and now wants to be a role model, he’s a joke, he and wifey swing, time for a new city Bert, Atlanta is sick of you and ratings are bearing that out

Steaky Cha Cha

January 9th, 2013
11:46 am

little maaaaaan

Steaky Cha Cha

January 9th, 2013
11:49 am

“Five or more drinks in less than two hours”

This is a normal Monday night for me at the Palm cha cha. You got to man up if you want to be the KING of AM radio baby!

Wink

January 9th, 2013
11:51 am

Bert is just following the trend of reality television shows and airing all his dirty laundry on-air. Just be careful not to drink and drive Bert!

ChopChop

January 9th, 2013
12:11 pm

I wonder if he has a brother that isn’t gay, but sleeps with men.

snailboy

January 9th, 2013
12:12 pm

mann. Burt is a PR hog. I don’t listen to his show. Good luck and make sure you don’t drink and drive like another local celebrity in Atlanta.

BettyBoop

January 9th, 2013
12:13 pm

Someone who binge drinks is an alcoholic. As AA points out, if one drinks to excess each time they drink, they have a problem.

mmmmm...yep

January 9th, 2013
1:07 pm

K-ster you nailed it. The callers on this show are a perfect reflection of its quality and their drivel is so potent it must be what killing brain cells sounds like.

And for any offended Bert Show listeners out there, in answer to what you’re probably thinking – yes, I know I don’t have to listen if I don’t want to and so I usually don’t.

Steve

January 9th, 2013
1:07 pm

Yep — Weiss is trying to get PR for his dying morning show – a show that jumped the shark long ago with the addition of that annoying Kristen – and the show definitely needs a testosterone injection quickly!!! The banter among the 3 DJs is nothing but female chit-chat.

oscar the grouch

January 9th, 2013
1:11 pm

@ ummwhutwhut?: Our DUI laws are flawed and designed to be a revenue source for the local municipalities. Lack of sleep, talking on a phone, texting, putting on your make up and eating (to name a few) are just as bad as driving around at a .08 level. Do some fact checking and realize the true motivation behind the “.08 myth” …..not that it will change your mind, but to arbitrarily say “all DUI’s” is very short sighted. Did you know you could get a DUI for less than .08?

Anthony

January 9th, 2013
1:21 pm

He needs something to keep his name in the public eye because his show is SO BORING!. I would drink also!

trailerparkted

January 9th, 2013
1:22 pm

Just have his wife tell him to stop drinking or else, we all know she wears the pants in the family…….

Anthony

January 9th, 2013
1:23 pm

Elvis Duran morning show is the best morning show on 96.1

joe

January 9th, 2013
1:27 pm

TBS rating continue to fall and their days are numbered. Bring back Dave-FM!!

Anna

January 9th, 2013
1:37 pm

A binge drinker is an alcoholic, guess he’s just not ready to call himself that yet.

AlkyInTheCloset

January 9th, 2013
1:46 pm

weiss is an alcoholic, an liar and in denial. He should be fired immediately and enter rehab. He is a total loser.

Teri

January 9th, 2013
1:50 pm

Listen or not, personal preference to each person but if the show was not “good” it would not have been on the air for over 10 years!! I listen when I am at work but besides that I do not go to much trouble to hear it. Maybe the ratings are going down BUT it still lasted over 10 years which is unheard of in radio these days. I still miss DAVE FM too!

ty77rone

January 9th, 2013
1:58 pm

All of you who are criticizing and name calling should take a good long look in the mirror.
Just in case you’ve forgotten, your poop stinks like everyone else’s.
Get off your damn soap boxes and learn how to love unconditionally.
GEEZ !!!

Amazed!

January 9th, 2013
2:26 pm

Bert Weiss is an alcoholic, plain and simple! He needs to start attending AA. Denial is a river in Egypt!

brian j

January 9th, 2013
2:41 pm

Atlanta radio sucks!!! Bring back Davefm!!!

Abe

January 9th, 2013
2:53 pm

Anyone who drinks any amount of alcohol has a problem.

pb

January 9th, 2013
2:54 pm

If you think you have a drinking problem, you are probably an alcoholic. Denial is part of the problem. You don’t have to be physically addicted to it, to be an alcoholic.But this guy does not need to tell the world his every little problem. Also, he seems to be minimizing problem drinking and alcoholism, which ruins countless lives in US, and rest of the world.

Sal Governale

January 9th, 2013
3:00 pm

This is weak Bert. You need my services, I will advise you how to get attention. Remember, even negative attention is attention. Call me. I’ve got a good idea for you to have a ‘Michael Richard’s’ moment while calling the V103 morning crew. I’ve got some more ideas, but don’t want to spill all the beans here, call me 404-555-8746.

Willydoit?

January 9th, 2013
3:13 pm

Poor little man….anything for some publicity :razz:

snailboy

January 9th, 2013
3:20 pm

wow. I wonder what the show will sound like now that he is sober?

missnadine

January 9th, 2013
3:41 pm

I was just like him. I didn’t drink each day, or even every other day. I drank one night a week, usually a Friday night, and would drink over a bottle of wine. This is a sign of alcoholism, as others have pointed out. These days, I may have one drink once a month – completely different than before – and i realize how stupid I looked when I was loaded. As a 40+ year old,. it is really bad that he drinks so much that he has to apoligize to people the next day. As a dad, that is evem more disgraceful. He nees to just stop completely, or only have a drink or 2 once in a while. If he thinks his kids don’t notice then he really is clueless. Remember that commercial with the dad asking the kid who tought him how to use drugs? same thing here. The kids will emulate him.

missnadine

January 9th, 2013
3:46 pm

Pardon the typos from above! For all of you getting on Rodney for giving Q100 so much coverage, please note that when this story broke on 11alive, he did not write a column about it.

Rodney Ho

January 9th, 2013
3:55 pm

Missnadine is right. When Bert made those comments last month, I had written so much about Q100 that previous month, I just passed on it. But he brought it back so I figure, why not. Bert draws blog traffic. Simple as that.

Renee

January 9th, 2013
4:19 pm

Glad Bert is trying to do soemthign about this binge drinking. As someone who has listened to him over the years, it is clear that he parties too hard if he goes out. I wish other adults would take the same advice. Getting drunk and partying hard is fine in your 20’s, but to hear the same stupid stories and hang-over complaints every MOnday around the water cooler from folks in their 30s, 40s, and 50s is freaking pathetic. No one things you are cool when you drink too much and act like an ass.