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Celebrities Who Had To Quit Drinking

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List of celebrities who quit drinking. Many celebrities have given up alcohol. Some of these famous people gave up drinking after years of drug and alcohol abuse, while others stopped to better their health and further their careers.

Natalie Portman has never had a reputation as a party animal, but says she did get drunk in college. Eva Mendes went to rehab in 2008 and hasn't had a drink since. Other famous actresses who quit drinking include Christina Ricci, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Russell Brand has been sober for over 10 years. Brand is a vegan and now uses meditation to cope with the stresses of life. Bradley Cooper decided to stop drinking when he was 29. He told GQ, "If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life." Simon Pegg stopped drinking when he was filming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. He said, "I find it easier to keep fit if I don’t drink. I have given up for two years and I don’t miss it in the slightest."

Are you surprised that so many celebrities quit drinking? Read this list to find out more. 

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    Sanaa Lathan told People in August 2021 that she had quit drinking alcohol three years prior.

    "Alcohol was not going well with me physically. Just, it was not working anymore. It affects everything, and that’s part of the reason why I stopped, because even if you’re going out a couple of times a week and you’re drinking, it was starting to affect me throughout the week. It wouldn’t be necessarily a hangover, but it definitely dimmed my energy. I didn’t feel as good. It was affecting anxiety," she said. 

    • Born: 1971-09-19
    • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
    • Credits: Love & Basketball, Nappily Ever After, The Perfect Guy

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    Patricia Heaton took to Instagram on July 10, 2021, to reveal she was celebrating three years of "freedom from alcohol."

    The Everybody Loves Raymond star told Parade magazine she gave up alcohol in 2018 because she was starting to enjoy it too much: "I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better. I noticed that I was looking forward every night to cocktails. And if I happened to go to lunch, I might have a glass of wine or prosecco."

    She added, "I think it’s something about your children leaving the house and the things that used to anchor you are no longer there. You’re a little bit at sea, and so you reach for the bottle to dull the uncertainty. I sensed that a bit with myself... I’ve stopped [drinking], and my life has improved significantly. My kids are in their mid-20s and I’ll probably be in my 70s by the time I have grandchildren. I want to be healthy for them."

     

    • Born: 1958-03-04
    • Birthplace: Bay Village, Ohio, USA
    • Credits: Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle, Space Jam, Beethoven

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  • Daniel Radcliffe stopped drinking in 2010, but after two years sober, the actor was reportedly kicked out of a bar after getting drunk and unruly.

    In a March 2020 interview with BBC Radio's Desert Island Discs podcast, Radcliffe said his heavy drinking was partly how he dealt with fame at such an early age. "I definitely think a lot of the drinking that happened towards the end of Potter and sort of for a little bit after it finished, it was panic and not knowing what to do next and not being comfortable enough in who I was to remain sober," he said.

    Now more comfortable with his celebrity and himself, Radcliffe said he largely doesn't miss drinking. "When I think of the sort of chaos I used to invite into my life, I’m really much happier now," he explained. "I think there was some part of me that was like, ‘Actors have to be crazy cool drunks. I have to live up to this weird image that I had in my head of what it means to be a famous actor.’"

    • Born: 1989-07-23
    • Birthplace: Fulham, London, England
    • Credits: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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    Ben Affleck entered rehab for alcohol in 2001, calling it a "pre-emptive strike" due to his father's alcoholism. By 2018, he had attempted rehab three times. In October 2019, he publicly relapsed in a video that ended up on TMZ.

    In an interview with ABC News in February 2020, he opened up about how his alcoholism affected his marriage and why he wants to stay sober for his children. Affleck said, "I really don't want my children to pay for my sins... You think, 'What if my dad gets drunk? What if he does something stupid? What if he ends up on TMZ, and it's on my newsfeed and other kids see it?'" 

    The same week the ABC interview aired, Affleck told The New York Times that his divorce to Jennifer Garner has been difficult, just as his alcoholism has been difficult for his family. He said, "I'm doing my very, very best and I hope that that is - it has to be good enough. I have to. I don't really have a choice. I have to be the man I want to be at this point. I don't have any more room for failure of that kind."

    • Born: 1972-08-15
    • Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America
    • Credits: Argo, Good Will Hunting, Gone Girl, The Town

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