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New York mayor-elect's daughter reveals alcohol, drug use

| Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 2:39 p.m.
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Democratic mayor-elect of New York, Bill de Blasio, hugs his daughter Chiara and son Dante during his election victory party at the Park Slope Armory in New York, November 5, 2013. Chiara De Blasio released a video December 24, 2013 in which she discusses her battle with depression and substance abuse while directing viewers to a website where they can get help. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Chiara de Blasio, the 19-year-old daughter of New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, has disclosed that she's fought depression and substance abuse throughout her adolescence and wants to help others overcome similar problems.

In an almost-five minute video with a musical soundtrack distributed on Tuesday by the mayor-elect's transition team, Chiara de Blasio, a college student who appeared in campaign commercials for her father, describes her descent into alcohol and marijuana use while struggling with anxiety and depression.

“It didn't start out as like a huge thing, but then it became a huge thing for me,” she says, looking directly at the viewer. “When I went to college, I didn't really do the proper mental and emotional work to prepare myself. I just thought all my problems would go away if I just got on a plane and flew 3,000 miles.”

Bill de Blasio, 52, is to be sworn in as the 109th mayor in six days. He will be the first Democrat to run City Hall in 20 years. During the campaign, he disclosed that his father, a combat veteran who lost a leg in the battle of Okinawa, never recovered from the trauma and committed suicide after several years of alcohol addiction.

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