Famous Celebrity Alcoholics
It's no secret that many professions such as Hollywood actor
and actresses and musicians lend themselves to alcohol addiction.
The temptations of the fast lane are too much for some people
to handle. And, much of the time, it's not about temptation either
as there is a biological component to any addiction.
Sir Anthony Hopkins
Alcoholics have never quite understood problem drinkers and vice
versa (heavy on the vice). Famous and celebrity alcoholics simply
cannot stop drinking no matter how much they have to lose. Problem
drinkers, on the other hand, can binge and stop and then binge
again and sometimes go a long time without drinking.
This website isn't all about
fallen heroes. It is about success stories as well
that will inspire people and give them hope. And, I would like
for you to take a little hope away from this site as well.
So, in that spirit let's start off with some of the success stories
including famous celebrity
recoveries from alcohol addiction. Dr.
Bob and Bill Wilson who wrote
the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous have to be at the top of
the list. They both have contributed immensely to the recovery
of other alcoholics as well as drug addicts.
First Lady Betty Ford
Forward Ford ...
And let's also include First Lady Betty
Ford, who was one of the most famous alcoholics of all time,
who turned her life around in a very public way (instead of trying
to retain anonymity) and started a clinic in the desert to help
thousands. Yet, through her words and deeds she has helped millions
more in recovery.
Ann Richards, who was the former Governor of Texas, is another
famous alcoholic who spent the last 25 years of her life sober.
Famed actor Sir Anthony Hopkins
has spent the last 30 year of his life (and counting) clean and
sober. In addition, astronaut moon-walker Buzz
Aldrin also has been clean from alcohol for over 30 years.
Now, not quite as inspiring as the aforementioned but still notable
is celebrity comedian George Carlin who spent his life struggling
with drugs and alcohol addiction and was sober for several years
before succumbing to a heart attack.
Hold Your Horses ...
Since we've gone through the inspirational success stories its
time to talk about the celebrity alcoholics and other famous people
who haven't managed to put years of sobriety behind them yet.
Artist Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock, the famous painter, died an alcoholic so he
was never able to overtake his illness. More recently, celebrities
who have struggled with alcohol addiction include Britney
Spears, David Hasselhoff, Mel Gibson,
John Daly, Shia LaBeouf, Drew Barrymore, Lindsay
Lohan, Nick Nolte, Gary Busy, Tara Reid, Eva Mendes, Michael
Phelps, Mike Tyson, Joe Namath, Josh Brolin, Rob Ford (Toronto
Mayor), Nick Carter, Elizabeth Vargas, Oscar De La Hoya, Trace
Adkins, Elizabeth Vargas, Colin Farrell and Robert
Downey, Jr. (who has made many other lists upon these web
Of course there are many other celebrity and famous alcoholics
who have avoided the spotlight and either recovered or kept their
alcoholism private from the media. If you know of the name of
a famous person or celebrity alcoholic and have a reference (such
as a website URL) so we can check out your source then send it
in. We'll update this page as often as possible.