5 Celebrities Speak on Their Struggles With Alcohol

Drinking excessive amounts and always turning to alcohol to solve their problems, these 5 celebrities all opened up on their own personal struggles with alcohol. Some just went through a period where they needed alcohol to numb them and help them get by, which they realized was unhealthy and decided to quit. Others believes they couldn’t have fun unless they were drunk, while some felt they couldn’t even work before having a drunk. Here are 5 stars and their own struggles with alcohol.

Vanessa White

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Vanessa drank because she was depressed and it affected her work: ”I drank vodka mainly but, to be honest, I drank anything. It massively affected the band and I felt lonely and depressed. I didn’t know who I was underneath everything I was supposed to be. I’d arrive for work every morning hungover, then my voice started to go. I’d have to ask Una [Foden] to cover my solos.”

Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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Jonathan used to drink excessively until he realized he needed to stop: “I was wild, I was as wild as you can get. When you are on the front of newspapers for stupidity, getting drunk at airports, fighting with cops and stuff like that, you wake up the next day and you can hardly f**king remember it. Responsibility gets diminished. As you get older you see the stupid things you have done. It is not the consequences for yourself but your family get hurt, your friends get hurt.”

Queen Latifah
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Queen Latifah admits she used to numb her pain by drinking: “(I was) drinking a bunch of alcohol, numbing myself. Every day I would be faded, like a painting that’s just not vibrant, whose edges are dull. I wasn’t living my full life.”

Johnny Depp
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Johnny loved alcohol until he realized he was being selfish: “My drug of choice was alcohol more than anything – hard liquor, spirits. It’s very difficult to see the ignorance of it when you are spinning around in it.But when you are doing that to yourself, it is to avoid feeling. There is a degree of me, me, me that you can’t escape. And it might have had the facade of being recreational but even then I knew it wasn’t. I’d go to these functions, and back in those days I literally had to be drunk to be able to speak and get through it. …you get liquored up or whatever and then once you are in that spiral you don’t even get hangovers any more. You wake up and have a drink again.”

Daniel Radcliffe
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Daniel used to need to drink to have fun: “I became so reliant on (alcohol) to enjoy stuff. There were a few years there when I was just so enamoured with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me. As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time, that doesn’t work for me. I do that very unsuccessfully. I’d just rather sit at home and read, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh. There’s no shame in enjoying the quiet life. And that’s been the realisation of the past few years for me.”

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