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Vinnie Jones Has Been Sober For Seven Years Today

Vinnie Jones Has Been Sober For Seven Years Today

Vinnie Jones is today entering into his seventh year alcohol-free after he quit for the sake of his relationship.

The 55-year-old Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor stopped boozing in 2013 and found that he became 'calmer and happier'.

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Yesterday (7 April) he took to Twitter to tell fans about his accomplishment:

In response, one fan wrote: "Well done Vinnie, best thing I ever did was quit drinking n I don't miss it one little bit!"

Another replied: "Good stuff Vinnie, I'm 4 years off it 5 on November. It's an insidious snake of a drug".

During an interview with the Mirror back in 2017, Jones said the decision was made in a bid to save his relationship with his wife Tanya who tragically passed away from skin cancer on 6 July last year.

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He explained: "More than anything, giving up the booze has made it a lot easier for us and our relationship is a lot more steady."

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Vinnie Jones with his late wife Tanya. Credit: PA
Vinnie Jones with his late wife Tanya. Credit: PA

He went on to say: "I'm annoyed with myself that I didn't give up sooner. At some stage down the road, people will see how bad alcohol is.

"People talk about weed and cocaine, but I think alcohol is the worst. People are putting poison in their bodies, day in, day out and the truth about alcohol has got to come out. It's self-harming.

"Weed is legal over here [Vinnie lives in California], but I've never touched it in my life. The booze was enough for me. I was crazy enough from the booze.

"I was a beer and wine man. Now I'm off it, I'm calmer and happier. I play golf most days, I'm up at 6am. The sun's out and it's gorgeous."

Vinnie and Tanya in 2009. Credit: PA
Vinnie and Tanya in 2009. Credit: PA

At just 53, Tanya passed away after being treated for three forms of cancer. She was surrounded by Vinnie and five members of her family, including her 32-year-old daughter Kaley.

Both Vinnie and his wife were treated for melanoma, but while Vinnie was given the all-clear, Tanya was hit harder.

She lived out her final days in their Los Angeles home, and Vinnie has ruled out ever falling for anyone again, saying: "She was the light of my life. I will never be with anyone else."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Celebrity, Alcohol, Community

Rebecca Shepherd

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