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Chelsea Handler may joke about her drinking habits quite often, but the E! talk show host explained how she learned her lesson with liquor after getting a DUI while promoting the new series Are You There Chelsea? in Pasadena, Calif., on Friday afternoon.

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“Its not alcoholism. Its alcohol tendencies,” the Chelsea Lately star joked to reporters of her drinking habits at a TCA panel discussion and explained, “Obviously, I am not that much of a mess if I get myself to work every day.”

The now 36-year-old spoke of getting pulled over at the age of 21 for driving under the influence of alcohol, a situation Laura Prepon attempts to emulate on the NBC show as she plays the role of Chelsea.

“Luckily, it was the week after I turned 21. But I had my sister’s fake ID, the one I am playing on the show, and gave it to the police officers and that’s where I really got into big trouble because it wasn’t me. I forgot I had turned 21. I was like, ‘Oh wait! I am legal,’” the comedian laughed at the Langham Hotel.

While Chelsea admits that drinking and driving is definitely “irresponsible,” she thinks that correcting her behavior is the best way to move forward.

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“I mean if you are correcting you’re behavior, its not a repeat thing,” the New Jersey native told reporters during the panel of irresponsible behavior when she was younger. “In real life I got a DUI once. I haven’t gotten one since.”

Catch Are You There Chelsea?, with the former That 70s Show actress starring as a quite rambunctious Chelsea in her early twenties, Thursday nights on NBC.

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