Labor MP responds to Latham booze claims

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A NSW Labor MP has admitted she had too much to drink in the bar of the state's parliament more than two years ago.

Anna Watson was responding after One Nation leader Mark Latham used parliamentary privilege on Tuesday to claim she had been "paralytically drunk" on August 27, 2020.

"The day Mr Latham referred to, the Legislative Assembly (lower house) was not sitting and outside of business hours," she said in a statement after Mr Latham made the allegations during a budget estimates hearing on Tuesday.

"I was having a drink with Mr Latham in the Parliament House bar. I thought I had his ear and a shoulder to cry on that evening."

Ms Watson said she had been under stress because a close family member was going through a personal crisis.

"I did drink too much alcohol during that extremely stressful and traumatic period, I recognise this," she added.

Ms Watson denied further allegations she attempted to drive herself home, saying she called her husband to come and pick her up.

The MP, who represents the seat of Shellharbour and is the Opposition Whip, said she had been "abstaining from alcohol".

The office of Labor leader Chris Minns declined to comment.