Drinking and getting drunk carries less stigma for men, and alcohol addiction can happen to anyone. Addiction is not a choice, and it can be very scary to admit that you have a problem with alcohol. We commend these seven celebrities that have talked openly about how alcohol affected their lives before they quit drinking.
Known for his role as Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe has been open about his struggle with alcohol. During an interview in Heat magazine, Radcliffe talked about his heavy drinking. He said,
“It was bad. I don’t want to go into details, but I drank a lot and it was daily — I mean nightly,”
Ben Affleck shared on his Facebook profile about his alcohol addiction.
“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.”
Talking about his recovery from alcoholism during the Spirit of Sobriety award ceremony, Dax Shepard said,
“Being in recovery has given me everything of value that I have in my life.”
Tom, known for playing Venom in the Venom Film, has shared how he went to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to stop drinking. In an interview with Hardy in Esquire, he said,
“It was hard enough for me to say, ‘I’m an alcoholic,'” and added, “But staying stopped is f—ing hard.”
Most famous for playing the sexy vampire Bill Compton in True Blood, Compton said in an interview featured in The Telegraph,
“I got to a point in my life where I was totally out of control.”
Efron has been to rehab for his addiction to alcohol. In an interview in The Hollywood Reporter, he talked about his drinking around one year after his treatment in a residential rehab center.
“I was drinking a lot, way too much,”
“It’s never one specific thing. I mean, you’re in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? Everything is thrown at you.”
On his five-year anniversary of quitting drinking, in an Instagram post, Josh Brolin talked about his experience,
“Drunk: when you think you’re having a rip-roaring time and the next morning you wake up and your brain has broken into a frenzied beehive, and your body is shattered shards of sharp glass desperately searching for what fits where and your spirit is being eaten by worms with great white bloodied teeth and your heart has shriveled into a black prune churning your intestines to the point where dysentery feels attractive, and you can’t remember anything you did so you roll out of bed over last night’s urine, and you dial your best friend’s phone number because you recall him lifting you over his head, your whole self, before you hit and broke through the drywall and, you think, a large aquarium, and the phone on the other end rings and he picks it up, that clambering for a phone, the clumsiness of a hardline, and you say: “What did I do last night?!” and he answers, after a great pause: “…Dude…”.
Worried about how much you’re drinking? You can get a free NHS Drink Free Days app to help you reduce your weekly alcohol consumption. All features of the app are free, and you can download it on the Apple App Store or Google Play for Androids. You can also get free advice and support from Step by Step Recovery to break free from alcohol addiction. Whether you need help for yourself or someone you care about, the effects of alcohol addiction should never be underestimated.
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