A 43-year-old Alabama woman has spoken candidly about a secret addiction causing damage to her life and health.
Heather Beal told TLC's My Strange Addiction that she had been drinking paint for nearly three years.
"As it's going down your throat it feels very nice and warm, almost like a thicker version of warm milk,' she says.
But obviously, it's got that very strong chemical taste, which is perfect to me," the mother of two told TLC.
Beal estimates she consumes almost 4 litres of paint a year, or enough to paint her entire living room twice over.
She also said she prefers the paint in marker form, and visits the hardware store regularly to stock-up.
'I drink paint from markers because I have looked for other paint both in quart or gallon form, and I haven't found one that satisfies my desire,' she explained.
Beal's bizarre eating habit began after her mother passed away, though no one has ever seen her consumer the toxic substance.
Considered an inhalant, paint acts as a suppressant when consumed orally.
Beale is believed to have kicked her paint habit after a visit to the doctor revealed she was suffering from liver damage.