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Steve-O says he's grateful he has alcoholism 'so f*cking bad'

Poppy Bilderbeck

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Steve-O says he's grateful he has alcoholism 'so f*cking bad'

Steve-O has opened up about his battles with alcohol and why he's 'grateful' to have struggled with alcoholism.

The Jackass star has previously revealed the effects of excessive drug use and how he ended up staying awake for three days and inhaling nitrous oxide.

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In 2021, the 48-year-old celebrated 13 years of sobriety from not only drugs but alcohol too.

Steve-O has battled with mental health issues along with addictions to cocaine, alcohol, ketamine, PCP and nitrous oxide.

The star has since opened up about why he's 'grateful' for having struggled with an addiction to alcohol.

Steve-O has  battled with mental health issues along with addictions to cocaine, alcohol, ketamine, PCP and nitrous oxide. Credit: Paramount Pictures/ MTV Films
Steve-O has battled with mental health issues along with addictions to cocaine, alcohol, ketamine, PCP and nitrous oxide. Credit: Paramount Pictures/ MTV Films

In an interview with Graham Bensinger, Steve-O revealed why he's 'grateful for the severity of his ongoing bout with alcoholism - saying the severity of his affliction to the disease gave him no other option but to pursue sobriety'.

Steve-O said: "Yeah alcoholism is just f***ed up you know? And at the same time, I can say I'm like legitimately grateful to be an alcoholic because as f***ed up as it is, alcoholism really is I think the only disease where after you get the disease and treat the disease you end up potentially better than you were before you even got it.

"Any other disease you can only hope to get back to as healthy as you were. Right with alcoholism and because of alcoholism when you treat it like now you can become way better than before."

Steve-O feels like he's become 'way better than before' his struggles with alcohol. Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/ Alamy Stock Photo
Steve-O feels like he's become 'way better than before' his struggles with alcohol. Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/ Alamy Stock Photo

When questioned by Bensinger why he felt uncomfortable 'in [his] own skin', Steve-O explained he thinks it's 'a pretty standard trait of alcoholism'.

"One thing I didn't say about alcoholism before is that, I'm super grateful that I have it so f***ing bad that I don't need to wonder if I need to be involved in all of that stuff that sober people do," he continues. "Because the worst thing would be to kind of have alcoholism."

Steve-O went on to note he's glad he didn't only 'have alcoholism just bad enough that it really slows you down' and 'destroys your potential' and 'gets in the way of f**king'.

"But it's not so bad that it has to stop so just years, how many people do I know with just the years slipping through their fingers? And just, they're blowing it, just wasting everything," he said.

Steve-O resolved he feels 'fortunate' he 'had alcoholism so badly' he was forced to stop.

Please drink responsibly. If you want to discuss any issues relating to alcohol in confidence, contact Drinkline on 0300 123 1110, 9am–8pm weekdays and 11am–4pm weekends for advice and support

Featured Image Credit: In Depth With Graham Bensinger

Topics: Steve-O, Jackass, TV and Film, Celebrity, Food And Drink, Mental Health, Health, Drugs

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