From People By Emily Strohm: Elizabeth Vargas struggled with addiction for years and to keep it secret she kept her alcohol in one surprising place.
"I had these knee-high boots, and I would stick a bottle of wine in the boot," Vargas tells PEOPLE exclusively. "Nobody looks in the boot."
The 20/20 anchor details her battle with addiction in her new memoir Between Breaths (out now).
"You can hide the bottle of wine, but you can't hide the effects of drinking for very long," Vargas says.
Now in recovery, she recalls during her drinking days how she learned of another place to hide alcohol while she was on assignment.
"We did an hour on women and drinking called 'Mother's Little Helper' where we followed them to rehab and a few months after," says Vargas, 54. "I found out in my research the No. 1 place to hide alcohol is under the bathroom sink because it's the one room in the house where no one will barge in on you."