Celebrities you didn’t know had drinking problems – Everyone likes a drink now and then. As Luke Bryan says in his ballad about running into an ex “I Know You’re Gonna Be There”: “I’m gonna have a couple drinks just to knock off the edge / but not too much, don’t wanna make a fool of myself.” Nothing like a stiff drink to soften a tense mood.
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But for some people, drinking is too tempting. Rather than the snooze button, the first thing they reach for in the morning is a half-drank can of flat, warm Budweiser. The last thing they do before bed is occulted by their nightly blackout drunkenness. Most alcoholics are just poor shmucks trying to make it through life, but celebrity addiction intrigues us because it attests to the stresses of wealth and fame. As Nicole Kidman says in her 73-question interview with Vogue, being a celebrity is mostly hard work, with a dusting of glamour to make it look effortless.
So if you’re curious, read on, and find out twelve successful celebrities who were behind-the-scenes boozehounds, lapping it up like thirsty Labradors after a hunt.
12. Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor used to drink so much that he once quipped: ‘I got away with it more or less unnoticed. I was a maniac on the booze but I only remember it fondly.” Interesting that in American coverage of excessive alcohol consumption always focuses on the pathological side, the “rock bottom,” but Ewan looks back on it like: “Oh, those days were the best!” Apparently quitting drinking doesn’t represent the same religious, sober salvation for everyone. At past forty, McGregor decided to focus on his career and more wholesome pastimes, but as a young up-and-comer he definitely dipped into the booze a lot.
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