RHOBH troubled TAYLOR ARMSTRONG isn’t telling the truth about her excessively boozy past says source.

Taylor claimed her drinking was out of control for the 9-month period after her husband’s tragic suicide, but a source told RadarOnline The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills player isn’t telling the truth.

After Russell Armstrong committed suicide in August of 2011, Taylor apparently started drinking heavily, and she admitted this week in her Bravo blog that she was trying to numb her pain in the wake of his death, but the source says she was a heavy drinker long before then.

 “Taylor is full of sh*t. She was boozing long, long before Russell died,” the source says.

“Probably to escape the beatings and reality of her awful marriage.”

As The ENQUIRER reported previously Russell once hit Taylor in the face so hard she required hospitalization and had to have corrective plastic surgery. However, the source claims she was often drinking before his death.

 “She’s been drunk every time I’ve been around her,” the source says.

Taylor has also come under fire by critics where she allegedly “forgot” that Kyle Richards was taking care of her young daughter, Kennedy — and, the source claims that isn’t a new pattern either.

 “She pawns the kid off on anyone with kids who will take her,” the source says. “Then she drinks MORE!”