Denise Welch, 62, looks incredible in a red bikini from her recent Malta trip

Denise Welch was the picture of confidence as she shared a stunning bikini image to her Instagram on Thursday morning.

The Loose Women panellist, 62, showcased her youthful-looking figure in a red two-piece for the photo taken from her recent sun-soaked getaway to Malta.

Detailing her health journey, the actress - who has been sober for eight years - revealed she once replaced her alcohol addiction with food, but has since managed to maintain her two-stone weight loss.

'I once replaced my alcohol addiction with food': Denise Welch was the picture of confidence as she shared a stunning bikini image to her Instagram on Thursday

Before: The thespian pictured in 2013

'I once replaced my alcohol addiction with food': Denise Welch was the picture of confidence as she shared a stunning bikini image to her Instagram on Thursday (pictured R in 2013)

The former Coronation Street star cut a glamorous figure as she coordinated her swimwear with matching lipstick and nail polish, while complementing her appearance with metallic sandals.

Media personality Denise praised LighterLife for helping her embark on a healthier lifestyle seven years ago.

The TV star - who previously shed two stone in just two months - detailed in an accompanying caption: '7 yrs ago I joined @lighterlife as I’d put on over 2 stone after giving up alcohol.

'I realised I was on a slippery slope of replacing alcohol addiction with food addiction. I wanted a diet plan that would change my relationship with food not just help me lose the weight.

Impressive: The Loose Women star, 62, revealed she once replaced her alcohol addiction with food, but has since managed to maintain her two-stone weight loss with help from LighterLife

Impressive: The Loose Women star, 62, revealed she once replaced her alcohol addiction with food, but has since managed to maintain her two-stone weight loss with help from LighterLife

Turning heads: The former Corrie actress showcased her youthful-looking figure in photos shared to social media from her sun-soaked getaway to Malta last month

Turning heads: The former Corrie actress showcased her youthful-looking figure in photos shared to social media from her sun-soaked getaway to Malta last month

'@lighterlife was the only one using cognitive behavioural therapy alongside meal replacements (proven to be the best in the U.K. re vitamins, minerals required for daily intake). I lost 2st in 8 weeks and have kept it off ever since. 

'I use the flexifasting plan to feel healthier and to avoid gaining too much again. The osteoarthritis in my knees and back improved by 90% immediately and have never returned to where they were.'

The host added that she regularly catches up with doctors and dietary specialist who frequently advise the company. 

Denise ended her post: 'I have seen hundreds of lives changed for the better and type 2 diabetes reversed after people have reached their goal weight quickly and safely.

'It was the only one using cognitive behavioural therapy with meal replacements': The TV star praised the brand for helping her embark on a healthier lifestyle in 2013 (pictured)

'It was the only one using cognitive behavioural therapy with meal replacements': The TV star praised the brand for helping her embark on a healthier lifestyle in 2013 (pictured)

'I am thrilled that we are now seeing trials of this type of diet being held in the U.K. as we realise that obesity is one of the growing life threatening conditions in our country. 

'I am proud to be the ambassador and we need to acknowledge how important it is to look at why so many people emotionally eat and how food is to many what alcohol was to me. 

'Everyone deserves freedom from addiction especially now as anxiety and depression are on the increase #ad.' (sic)

In July, the thespian spoke about her battle with postnatal depression following the birth of her son Matt Healy, 31.

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