Megan Fox recently opened up about alcohol use, telling Who What Wear that she gave up drinking after too much champagne at the 2009 Golden Globes made her “belligerent.” She’s part of a growing movement of sober celebrities who’ve given up alcohol for a better life.
Regrettable moments helped some celebrities quit alcohol
As a result of a few too many drinks, Fox said she wouldn’t be drinking anymore in an interview. She admitted the drinks made her belligerent, and she said a few regrettable things on the red carpet. “Now I don’t drink, and this is why,” she told Who What Wear.
She’s far from the only celebrity in Hollywood to publicly part ways with alcohol. John Goodman told Howard Stern in 2018 that a confrontation from his co-star Roseanne Barr helped him quit drinking on the set of the famous TV show. “The last four years were pretty bad, and I was drinking at work and [Barr] was scared for me,” he told Stern. “I was ashamed of myself, but I couldn’t stop.”
And John Mayer said in a 2018 interview for Complex that he made the break after suffering a six-day hangover. “I looked out the window, and I went, ‘OK, John, what percentage of your potential would you like to have? Because if you say you’d like 60, and you’d like to spend the other 40 having fun, that’s fine,” he told Complex. “‘But what percentage of what is available to you would you like to make happen? There’s no wrong answer. What is it?’ I went, ‘100.’”
Some with long-term problems simply decided to quit
In 2018, Bradley Cooper told GQ magazine that he quit drinking because if he didn’t, it would ruin everything. “If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life.” Cooper’s experiences with addiction came into play when he directed A Star is Born–the story about a recording artist with alcoholism.
Back in 2012, Lana Del Rey told GQ UK that her first love had been alcohol. A lot of the time when I write about the person that I love, I feel like I’m writing about New York,” she said. “And when I write about the thing that I’ve lost I feel like I’m writing about alcohol because that was the first love of my life. Sure, there have been people, but it’s really alcohol.” In her late teens, Del Rey entered rehab to combat the problem.
Also in GQ, Brad Pitt said in a 2017 interview that he was replacing alcohol with cranberry juice and fizzy water after admitting that owning a winery made moderation difficult. “I mean, we have a winery,” he said. “I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute.”
Several have attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for support
As reported by Entertainment Weekly in 2003, Tobey Maguire revealed to Playboy magazine that he sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous, calling it a “practical” program. “It’s just all practical,” he told Playboy. ”There are no holes in the program. It’s so, so simple. I come in, I ask for help. It has totally changed my life.”
Supermodel Naomi Campbell also admitted to Vogue in a 2010 interview that she, too, sought help there. “I used to have a lot of problems,” she told the magazine. “Amongst others I drank too much so I joined Alcoholics Anonymous to get and stay sober.”
How to get help: In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357.
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