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07/06/2015 07:20 BST | Updated 07/06/2015 07:59 BST

'TOWIE' Star James 'Arg' Argent Claims He 'Was Never An Alcoholic', Months After Rehab Stint

James ‘Arg’ Argent has insisted he “was never an alcoholic”, after admitting to drinking in Marbella, months after leaving rehab.

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The ‘TOWIE’ cast member entered The Priory clinic in London last year, after being suspended from the ITVBe reality show.

Arg recently sparked concern, when it was reported in the press that he’d been seen drinking alcohol, though he’s insisted that he’s not fallen off the wagon, because he was never an alcoholic in the first place.

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James Argent

Speaking to the Daily Star on Sunday, he explains: “I was never an alcoholic. My problems weren’t specific to alcohol. It was more a lifestyle change.

“I personally don’t think it is the end of the world. I am in the early stages of recovery so it is not recommended for me to go out and get drunk but if it happens my life isn’t ruined. I just need to nip it in the bud.”

He adds: “I need to worry if I want to go out every night of the week wanting to get off my face, which I am nowhere near considering. I couldn’t be further from it.”

Arg, who is still receiving aftercare from his stint in rehab, returned to ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ back in February, where he was seen making amends with his long-term ex-girlfriend, Lydia Bright.

The pair were photographed together last month, attending the wedding of their former co-star, Mark Wright, to actress Michelle Keegan.

Both Lydia and Arg will be returning for the new series of ‘TOWIE’, which kicks off later this month, with a special episode filmed in Marbella.

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