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Celebrities who decided to change their lives and quit alcohol

Celebrities who decided to change their lives and quit alcohol

Many stars have spoken out about the impact alcohol was having on their lives

A great many celebrities have opened up on their struggles with alcohol and announced that they were going sober.

Beneath the glitz, glamour and fame, there is often plenty more at play than the public sees. However, there have been plenty of celebs who've opened up on going sober.

Jessica Simpson recently remarked on her journey towards sobriety, and the drastic change staying away from alcohol had on her.

Many famous faces have become advocates on the dangers of alcohol addiction, including late Friends star Matthew Perry who recently died at the age of 54.

Perry had spent years being open about his struggles with alcohol addiction and made sure to educate people on how serious addiction can be when some of the old and inaccurate tropes around it were thrown about.

But who else is on the path of sobriety?

Jessica Simpson said she'd become 'unrecognisable' six years on from ditching drinking.

Jessica Simpson

‌This month marks six years since Jessica Simpson ditched alcohol and quit drinking for good.

She said that pictures of her from years ago were an 'unrecognisable version of myself'.

Simpson is a firm believer that speaking out can help others in a similar situation, and has described hitting 'rock bottom' during Halloween in 2017, when she said she was so drunk that she couldn't dress her children.

They were a major motivation for her to stop drinking as she told friends she never wanted her kids to see her in that state again.

After giving Dry January a go, Tom Holland realised he was addicted to alcohol.
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Tom Holland

E‌arlier this year, Tom Holland revealed that he'd been sober for 12 months and admitted he used to be 'obsessed' with alcohol.

Saying that dropping alcohol had worked wonders for his mental health, Holland revealed that he'd realised he was addicted after trying Dry January.

The Spider-Man star recounted that he'd had a 'very boozy December, Christmas time', and when he tried to go a month without alcohol, 'all I could think about was taking a drink'.

Holland decided to stay sober beyond Dry January and found it difficult going, but he has felt 'healthier' since giving it up.

Daniel Radcliffe said he took to drinking to cope with the pressures of fame from Harry Potter days.
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Daniel Radcliffe

Thanks to the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe was one of the most recognisable people in the world when he was still just a teenager.

The actor has in the past opened up about alcohol abuse during his teen years, which he said he developed to cope with the fame Harry Potter brought.

Radcliffe quit drinking in 2010 when he was 22-years-old.

"In my case, the quickest way to forget about the fact that you’re being watched is to get very drunk," Radcliffe said in an interview with Off Camera in 2019.

"And then as you get very drunk, you become aware that 'Oh, people are watching more now because now I’m getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more.'"

Rapper Jack Harlow denied he was addicted to alcohol but said he felt better without it and didn't need it.
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Jack Harlow

"‌I'm sick of waking up with a dry throat, sick of feeling bloated, I'm sick of the decisions I make on it.

"I'm in my well-oiled-machine era. Because I can see my future right in front of me. And I feel there's so many people counting on me outside of myself.

"I just feel like I'm a man. I don't feel like I need to do boyish things anymore."

That's how Jack Harlow explained his reasons for quitting alcohol in an interview with Rolling Stone last year.

While the rapper said he didn't think he had a problem, he previously described drinking as his 'favourite vice', but felt he had come to a point where he 'didn't need it'.

Stranger Things star Jamie Campbell Bower explained he'd gone years without alcohol.
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Jamie Campbell Bower

These days you're more likely to see him under heavy makeup as Vecna in Stranger Things, but at the height of his breakout fame Jamie Campbell Bower opened up on alcohol addiction.

Last year he took to social media to reveal that his addiction had got so bad that he ended up in a hospital for mental health.

He went on to say he'd been sober for seven-and-a-half years, and had previously said that a key part of his recovery had involved being honest with himself.

During her Las Vegas residency Adele told the crowd she hadn't had a drink for months.
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T‌he celebrated singer told a live show at Las Vegas that she'd given up drinking, and was two or three months on the wagon.

Adele told the crowd that she'd been 'borderline alcoholic for quite a lot of my twenties' and 'misses' drinking.

She then told the audience that she was 'very, very jealous' that they were still having drinks.

Calvin Harris said alcohol was 'clearly affecting' him and he felt much better since giving it up.
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Calvin Harris

The DJ told a fan on social media that his work was a 'million times better' ever since he gave up drinking.

"If you drink, you can’t even remember if it’s a good show or not - and that’s probably for the best, because it would have been rubbish because I’d have been drunk and not making any sense," he wrote about his decision to give up alcohol years ago.

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Topics: Celebrity, Health, Mental Health, Daniel Radcliffe, Tom Holland, Adele