12 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Alcohol Addicts

Stephen King


Alcoholism is a serious problem for many Americans today, and even celebrities are not exempt from such addictions. In fact, as we well know, some celebrities are more prone than average to alcohol addiction and drug abuse, because they can well afford to feed their addictions.

Here are twelve celebrities you may not have known were alcohol addicts.

1. Stephen King

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World famous, horror writing phenomenon, and the visionary behind such scare-you-to-pieces flicks as “It”, Stephen King fought a battle with drugs and alcohol for years.

After a family intervention in 1987, King realized that he needed to make a change and has remained sober ever since.

Stephen King hasn’t exactly been shy about his alcoholism, however. A large number of his novels feature main characters who suffer from the same affliction that he did, including (most famously) Jack Halloran from both the novel and Jack Torrence from the film version of “The Shining.”

King has also spoken at length during his college tour career about his constant struggle to get his condition under control for good. Alcohol and drugs created an escape from the depression which has impacted since his impoverished childhood in Portland, Maine.

His father abandoned the family when King was 2, and his mother was left to work a number of menial job to support her children. King had a constant fear of losing his mother, and admitted was even intoxicated when he gave the eulogy at his mother’s funeral.

He isn’t proud of it now, but he has since gained control of his abusive drinking habits.

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  • mr_bad_example

    i can’t imagine the last 26 years of hell…

  • mr_bad_example

    OMG! i haven’t missed a day of heavy (binge, more than 5 drinks a day) drinking in 33 years, and i’m not complaining…

    • Maerzie

      Your ex-wives are no longer complaining either!

  • mr_bad_example

    i’ve been drinking daily for over 30 years, got 10 performance bonus awards at work in the last 2 years, i tolerate the jerks/idiots at work because i know there are a dozen cold “friends” in the fridge when i get home.

    • ricbee

      You sound very happy,sappy.

    • J_Doe5686

      You are what’s called a functioning alcoholic . . . that or you’ve never heard of water before!

      • lakawak

        No…it is called he is making it up.

        • Jeff Scott

          Not necessarily. Sounds like a real addict to me.

        • Alan Barnes

          No…my father was a functioning alcoholic. he could get as loaded as he wanted to the night before, and get up every day and go to work fresh as a daisy… Worked at Bell Aerosystems for 15 years, then Moog for another 30. He died at 52. People like that ARE out there.

          • additup

            Alan, Bell Aerosystems do not usually hire 7 year olds he must have been way smart

          • Alan Barnes

            additup -My apology for the fat fingers… he worked at Moog 20 years…..

            Besides…
            the # of years for each is approximate within a year or so.The whole
            point is that there ARE people out there that are “functionally
            alcoholic”. He drank like a lot, but he held long term jobs, supported a family, had a lot of friends, was well respected. We went fishing, to the park,
            to baseball games, sledding in winter, etc….He was a happy drunk, goofy and silly. I
            never saw him get nasty….

          • Inspector Ida

            Well the stresses at work are what make a lot of people in that particular workplace turn to alcohol. Many middle managers as well as workers deal with working there by excessive drinking. Glad to no longer be there…..it is scary considering actual lives may be at stake if procedures are not properly followed.

          • omegaman

            52? Gee. What do you think killed?

          • Alan Barnes

            Actually he died of a massive heart attack caused by previously undiagnosed hemochromatosis, which is a disease you are born with. Basically your body doesn’t excrete unneeded iron from your blood, and it builds up , severely damaging your internal organs.He was diagnosed about a week before he died, and was supposed to begin treatments the week after he died….He was surprisingly healthy otherwise……

          • http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/welcome.html Speakingplaintalk

            They sure are
            have known many including step dad who rose to top of his profession and won awards during 30 years of being a mean drunk ONLY at home
            he was congenial and charming and none of those in town
            realized his problem
            he was extremely popular but at home raged and beat a kid
            often ( me)

            Before he died he begged for forgiviness and I said of course
            but had been working on it then and for many years after

            had to understand mama who was active alcoholic but kept it hdden from family and neighbors
            she did much worse than beatings
            we separated as i told her I cannot continue to live with her denial that I even exist and she could not speak and try to heal

            years later I was not told of her demise or funeral

            still work on letting go of any stuff still holding me in her talons
            and cutting any ties with her in any future incarnations as I feel I have sucked out all o f the ugly past lives we have had mutual animosity

            if she has not its of no more import to me as I have cut it off and called in HEALING in all past lives this one and all before

            when we each choose to move on Spiritually we heal the pain caused by those who ALLOW substances to take over their lives

            their path is their choice

            we move on.

            `

          • Alan Barnes

            My Dad actually didn’t have a mean bone in his body…sober or drunk. He was a happy, goofy drunk. He was very intelligent, he knew a lot about a lot of things, and was well loved and respected by everyone who knew him. Even though he drank, he never ignored his family… Family BBQs , picnics, fishing, baseball games, sledding in winter, flying kites, building go karts and scooters, fixing bikes for every kid in the neighborhood ….. He taught me electronics and cars, he taught my brother to play guitar, he was an avid horror novel fan with my sister….. We buried him with a wrench, a guitar pick, and a book mark. There’s not a day that goes by that i don’t wish he was still here, even after 20+ years. My Mom has never been the same, either.

        • ajmcgill

          I think he’s telling the truth. I bet he lives alone and let’s no one else in his life but his 12 daily friends. Kind of like keeping his jury in the frig, interesting but very sad.

          • JerseyShoreGiant

            I agree there are definitely people out there like that.

    • hutch1200

      I’m a recovering alky since 2001. We’ll save a chair for you. Your story sounds a lot like mine did. High Functioning=check. Wife, kids, Big Boats, SUVs H2, Harleys/Choppers, great house in the ‘burbs, cool job, NO DUIs. I just jumped off the booze train before it crashed & burned. I had a “low bottom”, and got to keep my stuff before the disease, which was getting worse, took them away. Never drank before/during work, but came in hung over as heck! I was gonna cross that line, soonish I reckoned.
      You are indeed terminally unique, just like the rest of us.
      Most Alcoholics are actually very intelligent. And the “disease” will outsmart you and convince you that you DON’T have a problem.
      C’mon Son! Friends don’t hang in a fridge. You sure you don’t want more from life? OK, that last part sounded “preachy”. Sorry.

      • fcabanski

        People who think they’re always recovering still have a problem.

      • http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/welcome.html Speakingplaintalk

        “preachy” is in your quiver of self denigrating arrows

        let it go
        you have written truth and probable help to more than one other person
        BARDS sang iof such and every community/Tribe gave them food and rest and applause with some coin/trinkets to speed thei journey to the next community/Tribe and looked forward to their next visit with fresh news and songs of overcoming travails

        consider yourself a 21 st cent BARD

        and NEVER be too humble to give yourself some pats on the back!
        .

    • Hank Seiter

      I guess that makes you a good guy, eh? Denialism is a nice fantasy to live. I wonder what your liver looks like. I’m not a teetotaler but I’m also no pansy who is going to let alcohol make me a slave. Sounds like you’re a slave and too stupid to know it. Alcohol does that.

  • ricbee

    I wish Affleck luck,he’ll need it to get sober again.

  • ricbee

    Gibson was a mess,last I saw….

  • ricbee

    Even a new liver couldn’t help,Mickey.

  • Combat Veteran Seabee

    It’s called “Alcohoic,” not alcohol addict, quit trying to gloss over the truth!

    • ldazzle

      Alcoholic

      • Wow

        why so keen on labeling others? the stigma associated with that word keeps people from getting the help they need.

    • Puckfair52

      one is an ism which has more baggage than a troublesome medical/psychological condition
      AA offers a spiritual; treatment for an ISM a hospital might treat an addiction & possibly recommend a spiritual treatment program like AA rather than say something like :”Smart recovery”
      I have utilized the first method the spiritual one for 36 years but I’m not so smug to knock the other forms of treatment that are out there! Some people get relief from them!

    • Jacob Fox

      The term alcoholic shares too many connotations with AA so I applaud them for using a different term. Although AA may work for some people, its program is based off belief with very little factual information. I drank extremely heavily for years and going to AA didn’t help at all. I was told over and over again that I had no power over alcohol and the only way for me to get better was to accept AA’s program and definition of the so called “disease” that I had.

      It wasn’t until I quit going to AA and realized that the thing that was standing in the way of helping me was this dangerous belief that I was powerless over alcohol. I stopped drinking suddenly on a July day in 2011 and haven’t touched a drink yet. I don’t crave it, I don’t waste a large percentatge of my life going to meetings that are basically religious pity parties. It was when I took responsibility for my own actions rather than blaming a non existent disease that I was able to quit. AA had nothing and could never possibly have anything to do with it.

      • http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/welcome.html Speakingplaintalk

        KUDOS to you !

        for years I have seen the same in the AA program but cannot discuss it anywhere as SOOO many really believe it is the program that keeps them sober
        Those who see it is ONLY their own courage and do it without pretending they have no power over anything they allow into their lives get sober and POWERFUL and creative and productive !

        `

      • paganpink

        Isn’t the belief that you are powerless over alcohol one of the prime tenets of AA? Why are you saying they had nothing to do with it while parroting their most fundamental slogan!?

  • klear101

    Hmmm… “Alcohol Addict”… Someone should come up with a word to describe this syndrome.

    • BarryTheMuslim

      It’s called being a drunk, and an alcoholic.

      • Pete2

        Well, it’s not that simple. One become an alcoholic by addiction to alcohol, and is not necessarily a drunk. Some alcoholic never appear drunk, especially after years of addiction. An alcoholic remains alcoholic even after years of being sober, the addiction can kick in again with a single glass. Finally, many of us are alcoholic without knowing it, usually self-admission is one of the first step to rehabilitation.

        • Clif

          That all sounds good in meetings, but to sober people, alcoholics are a bunch of drunkards, who could care less about anyone else but themselves. They pretend that they love their families, but they spend their family’s future on booze, by not earning as well as they could if sober, by literally wasting money getting loaded, and by emotionally harming their spouses and children. It doesn’t matter what others think they look like; drunk, not drunk. They are all losers. So tell yourself it’s a disease to make yourself feel like the victim all you want: the fact is, alcohol addicts are a bunch of drunks. If there is one thing I cannot stand, it’s an alcoholic telling others how much of an expert he is on the subject of addiction. Keep that crap to yourself. You obviously object to dismissively being called a drunk. Well, you became one by choice. Deal with it.

          • bruce549

            Sorry about your Daddy.

          • Brian_in_Recovery

            Clif, you’ve obviously been hurt by people with active alcoholism, and that’s too bad. I suspect you do not understand anything about addiction because your entire premise is based on an assumption that people active in their addictions choose to do all of these things rationally. I can assure you that isn’t the case but if you haven’t witnessed a lot of people in recovery you probably don’t have the experience or capacity to understand. Your reaction is exactly why Alcoholics Anonymous is “Anonymous”. The funny thing is, there are probably many people that you respect and love and think are totally together as people who are actually addicts in recovery. There’s a lot more of us out there than you’d ever think. But, these people would likely never open up to you and mention their recovery because of your opinions. And, you can call me a drunk if you like (even though I haven’t been in nearly 6 years) – because I am now responsible for my actions and what others think of me is no longer my problem to worry about.

          • ajmcgill

            Bravo. It is very hard for some to understand that being an alcoholic is no more a choice than being a drug addict or an anorexic. I didn’t choose to become an alcoholic, I didn’t choose to spend years drinking to fill up an emptiness inside that instead became bigger by the very thing I was using to fill it. Thankfully, I woke up one day and said “I need help” and made an appointment that very day. I have been sober for 15 years and although the realization of my problem did not magically make my life better, I worked hard from that day on to make my life better and I am still working every day to make sure that I never again, fall into a trap of drugs or alcohol or any kind of addiction. Yes, I am an alcoholic, a sober one and I’ve been sober for 15 years and I am so very thankful every day that I am no longer drinking.

          • Hank Seiter

            Of course you didn’t “choose” to be a “drunk”, but you did choose to drink. Nobody put a gun to your head any more than someone put a gun to the head of some kid who like mutilated and killing pets and then became a serial killer.
            Quit with all the PC garbage trying to make yourself feel better about your bad choices. Put on your big boy panties and admit you were a drunk, a bad drunk and now you’ve seen the error of your way and how you’ve hurt the people closest to you. And that’s the beauty of true repentance (turning away from bad habits and sin), you do get a second chance but it doesn’t necessarily make you a better person. So cut the defensive self-righteousness and deal with the reality even after you’ve sobered up your still a very flawed person … we are all very flawed. False humility is simply another arrogance.

          • catnap

            That’s my problem with alcoholism and many alcoholics. I grew up with a dad who tried to drink my state dry. He embarrassed and humiliated me during my formative years and didn’t quit until threatened with his medical license. WE, his family, weren’t important enough. I put up with this crap for 27 years. Yes, I love my dad. BUT I will NEVER call alcoholism a ‘disease’. It’s an addiction. Many want to pretty it up by calling it a ‘disease’. CANCER is a disease. Not alcohol/drug addiction. And he NEVER apologized to us. NEVER. He had the attitude that he had quit drinking and NOW was responsible for his actions. Well, that’s great, but it sure as hell didn’t help me and my siblings who had to put up with his actions at the time. Living in a home where there is an ‘active’ alcoholic is something you couldn’t understand. So enjoy your anonymity. Realize you and others ARE selfish. And self-absorbed.

          • davidleigh

            I’ve been sober 7 months now. I went “back out” in 1996 after being Dry 12 years. Dry, not sober. I’m very happy now. I’m 55 and not afraid anymore.

            Glad you shared Brian. We know hell n back, you and those like us. That makes us Winners.

            I also grew up with an alcoholic dad. It was very rough and he died at age 46. For me it wasn’t an addiction. It was hell. It was real hell. I know an alcoholic at home can destroy the family; this was a nightmare.

            But those who survive are obligated to let those in need know there is a way out. An Irish Pastor, Ian Maclaren, once wrote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

            You would do well to let that soak in, Cliff.

          • j

            OUTSTANDING BRIAN…I am VERY PROUD of those nearly six years you have…I recently celebrated my 17th year of Sobriety. You are absolutely 100 percent correct…Clif’s reaction/response is PRECISELY the reason that the Word ‘Anonymous’ is in Alcoholics Anonymous…those who have been harmed by the alcoholics behavior are understandably bitter and perhaps even so damaged by their experiences with that misfortune, that they themselves could benefit from some form of Recovery…and that is what Alanon is ALL ABOUT. That program is responsible for the literal transformation of individual Lives as well as relationships and marriages. “Detachment with Love” is their mantra, and the first person on the list in Alanon to take care of, is YOU. It is impossible for ANYone involved with a real alcoholic, to not be affected in the most negative way possible by that relationship…Alanon carries the POTENTIAL of being an INVALUABLE tool for those who have been damaged, in whatever way, by the alcoholic ….no, it is NOT a device for the battered woman to get help “throwing the bum out”, but it can help that woman, (or man), heal from the inside out, in a HEALTHY, POSITIVE manner…and if dissolution of a relationship is what must happen, then so be it…and I say that from the perspective of an alcoholic in AA who has also been on the receiving end of being a family member of an alcoholic…my Dad…I have benefited not only from AA but from Alanon as well, and so my Words come from the perspective of having walked on BOTH sides of that street…

            Only someone with experiential knowledge, who either is still in the hell of active addiction, or has been there and somehow miraculously been freed from its madness…either as the alcoholic or as close companion or family member, fully understands what alcoholism is all about…and the scars and memories that will never fade from those so badly beaten down by this horrible disease, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, should never be dismissed as irrelevant or “unimportant” or meaningless…its far, FAR from it…and only the MOST ignorant, would EVER think anything less.

            Thanks for listening, and thank YOU, for my Sobriety. God Bless.

          • Debi in Richmond

            My Dear Child,
            Not Sure if Alanon or AA,
            But, you do need a “Program”

          • Alan Barnes

            The difference between a drunk and an alcoholic? Alcoholics go to meetings!

          • BeenThereandStillLivingIt

            Dear Clif and Brian_in_Recovery, Each of you have very valid points. The pain and anger that result in the labeling and name calling ARE agonizing, sometimes crippling feelings that leave friends and family of an alcoholic emotionally drained. It is exceedingly difficult to stay close to that person. It is equally mentally taxing to consider leaving that person. I am the 20yrs + wife of an alcoholic. My husband came from an alcoholic family: paternal grandfather, maternal grandmother, and mother. All of these people had sad, turbulent relationships. All of them had innocent family and friends that suffered “collateral damage” because of the addiction; and even after being institutionalized, or going through a 12-step program, or ‘graduating’ an approved re-hab program, ‘the monster’ was still present, still alive. Is alcoholism a ‘disease’ or an inherited predisposition? The battlefield of question is littered with reports, statistics, and uber-opinions; but the bottom line is, unless you are born with a body that is infused with the alcoholic toxins your mother has ingested, and passed directly onto/into you, none of us are “alcoholics” or “addicts” when we first enter this world…a conscious choice is made to open that first bottle or can and a choice is made to continue to do so no matter who is harmed along the way. Other “issues” can/do create a mental circumstance for alcohol to be used as an escape or a sedative; and until those issues are discovered, addressed and/or resolved, it is likely the addictive behavior will continue as will the hurt and harm to oneself and ones family and friends. My husband’s father never touched a drop of alcohol due to his own father’s negative life of alcoholism. My husband however, followed in his mother’s footsteps and began drinking as a mid-teen…he was a ‘functioning’ alcoholic that made a valiant attempt to hide his using from the public. It didn’t matter to him that he was devastating our family and ruining his own health. After our son was born, my husband’s alcohol consumption increased and he would regularly state that he KNEW our son would not become an alcoholic because of HIM and that our son would make the choice to be “clean and sober” just like my father-in-law. My son both loves and detests my husband. My prayer is for you Clif to begin healing from your hurt; and for you Brian_in_Recovery, to stay focused in your endeavor to break free and remain free from your addiction.

          • Lisa Maria Colombotti-Longo

            Agreed!!!

          • jv

            I am not nor have a ever been addicted to drugs or alcohol. But I am a psychologist and I was in the military. I have known alcoholics who don’t drink and drive. I know alcoholics that never missed a day of work. Alcoholism isn’t black and white and there are different reasons people turn to alcohol and each case is different. I don’t make excuses for people dealing with addiction it was a choice. Not all these people are losers but when a soldier discovers that if he starts drinking it helps him forget what he saw I call that a problem, a person who needs help.

        • Janet Lurker

          Very true Pete. There are five types of alcoholics. Their is a lot more involved than jus t being a so called ‘drunk’. Brain chemistry has a lot to do with it. I applaud your comment.

    • Billy Beatty

      There is one word. Alcoholics are drug addicts. Alcohol is the number 1 drug in the world.

    • Ben Adams

      I like it better than the original word and wish the word had never been “coined” because now when someone is addicted to something that is not alcohol, they put “oholic” at the end of it ..we say alcoholic because they are addicted to alc–OHOL. shopaholic really irks me

  • 61n61

    The most celebrated Yankee of all time? George Herman Ruth ring a bell? Lou “The Iron Man” Gehrig? Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio? Mickey was a uniquely gifted baseball player who could hit & hit for power from both sides of the plate and could run as fast as any baseball player alive, among other things, but unfortunately, he blew out his right knee on the drain cover in right-center field at the Old Stadium in game 2 of the 1951 world series & pretty much had to learn to play with it that way for the rest of his career. Mantle was a guy who was always struggling to stay on the field as he was frequently injured, & struggled to live up to the unfair hype that he was the next Ruth, Gehrig, & DiMaggio all rolled into one. No question his drinking didn’t help him, but I’d lay you solid odds his liver was destroyed as much from all the antibiotics and painkillers he took as from the bottle. Another huge blow to Mickey was the fact his dad passed in the off-season following his rookie year, & The Mick could no longer look to him for guidance and support, something a young kid from the sticks in Oklahoma could have used as he endeavored to adjust to the life of a big league ballplayer playing in the big city. To this day, Mickey’s easily my favorite ballplayer, but there’s always the wistful feeling of what he might have accomplished had he been able to keep himself on the field & remain healthy throughout his career.

  • Disqus42

    Robin Williams. Who doesn’t love him? ME. He makes me sick!

    • Kat S

      I can’t handle his idiotism either…

    • Jay Conley

      I remember a day when he was funny!

    • ladynai

      He was known to listen to struggling comics at comedy clubs, steal their material, and put them in his ‘improv’ on ‘Mork and Mindy’. When he showed back up at the comedy club, the comics said ‘we’re trying to make it, too’ and wanted him out, but he had his body guard beat them up.

  • david5300

    After king “dissed” the vets I have no use for him.

  • quotidian

    There is someone on earth who does not know Mickey Mantle was a raging alcoholic?

    • Legalize Steroids

      Who?

  • krs1957

    Duh.

  • disqus43

    Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul. Don’t be fooled.

    • Jay Conley

      Tell it sista!

  • glenp827

    Diana Ross deserves all the misery she can reap upon herself

  • glenp827

    oh poor Billie holiday , pressures of being famous AND A HEROIN ADDICT TOO. Should team up with that trash NAtlaie Cole

  • Kat S

    Love Mel Gibson. I don’t give a rat’s butt what he’s done or said…he’s a great actor, makes fantastic movies, is outspoken (thank you for that, Mel) and just plain doesn’t give a hoot what people think of his views. That’s what I call honest, and that’s what I like about him.

    • Vermonster

      In vino veritas?

      • Kat S

        I have no idea if he drinks wine or not and to be honest, I don’t give a flying squirrel. Vivere militare est !

    • jasper

      I agree with you completely regarding Mel Gibson. Although when he was stopped for drunk driving it did alot of damage to his career.

      • Kat S

        Hes been producing and making his own movies for a long time. I don’t think anything he does would hinder his carreer. Besides, his age suggests that his career is almost over. Still love this man. You need to see the movie “Get the Gringo” from 2012. Obviously, he still has a career, because this movie is absolutely great!

    • http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/welcome.html Speakingplaintalk

      Read recently Mel Gibson has been sober for years.
      Lost his family and was blackmailed by a ” temporary warm fuzzy place”
      who turned out to be a vulture but he loves his daughter and does
      everything to keep her close.

      Kuods to a non active alcoholic who has had the courage to stop making bad choices such as warm fuzzy vampires and picking up a glass/bottle/tankard/mug.

      `

  • Kat S

    Eminem looks so lost, lonely, and mad at himself and the world…no wonder he’s drinking.

  • Chilcox

    C’mon. Everybody friggin knows Mel Gibson and Mickey Mantle are/were drunks. And Billie Holliday was only one of a thousand Jazz singers/musicians from that era to have alcohol/drug issues…its literally easier to name the sober ones…so singling her out doesn’t make sense.

    • http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/welcome.html Speakingplaintalk

      Billie Holliday had years of heroine addiction
      every offer to help her she refused
      She verbally described her desire to divide herself from
      the rest of humanity and remain in her own world

      sad but it was her choice
      .

      • Shemp

        Hero (male), heroine (female), heroin (drug)…just trying to help…no offense intended.

  • Mike Shapiro

    Is alcoholic or drunk not politically correct? like the man said ” a rose by any other name is still a rose”

    • hutch1200

      I’m a drunk, who only gets a daily reprieve if I work at it.

  • Eclectic Art

    Drunks, I believe is the correct word.

  • Eclectic Art

    This is like when George Carlin announced he was “addicted to wine”. You are a drunk. No way to make it sophisticated.

  • Karenindixie

    Stephen King doesn’t surprise me. A mind that can dream up all those horror stories must be hard to keep quiet.

    • Jeanne Tomlin

      I thought everyone knew about his drinking and drug problems. He has been totally open about them.

    • Janet Lurker

      Most brilliant people have addiction problems. Earnest Hemingway was one as well as Jack Kerouac and others. Most of them have chemical imbalances in their brains that can excel their talent as well a s drive them mad.

  • George Talbot

    If you say, “Everything Johnny Depp touches turns to gold,” I think you didn’t see the recent Lone Ranger film.

  • Robb Nunya

    Umm… I knew about everyone but M&M. And him I just didn’t care about.

  • gr689

    really??? has Mel ‘gained control’ of his addiction?? first an addict NEVER gains control of his addiction….there is no lassoing it and riding that bull; it only gets meaner and the crash is going to be harder….enough with the crap though…
    you don’t gain control over the addiction you have to surrender yourself to a higher power and admit that addiction has control over you!! Then you tear up the old foundation and slowly re-build it again, on a different lot perhaps, use different material but all without the one or two ingredients you were used to always using….and if you got those ingredients from Home Depot and Lowes, then you don’t go there anymore and you find a totally new hardware store to help build your foundation and then eventually your new home…..and after your new home is built and you put in a lawn and all the fixens, you will feel so comfortable in your new home that you couldn’t even imagine what it was like in the old…..anyhow, that’s how i know how to do it….but its not conscious control over your addiction…..its having no control over your addiction, thats essentially how we became addicts, by having no control over it and taking and taking and taking more and more, with no control.
    So is Mel alright?? I don’t know, maybe he is….who knows but Mel and close family??? Addicts are very good at hiding their behavior especially when their addiction problems become public knowledge and everyone thinks they are all better now….WHEW!! they will hide that thing til the old eagles grinnin!!

  • terrythecork

    A drunk is an alcoholic who drinks. An alcoholic is a drunk who doesn’t drink..

  • mannychooch

    so what, we all have our problems, it’s how we handle them in the end when ever that end is. “LIFE IS WORK IN PROGRESS” as is GOLF..

  • dtabq

    Robin Williams is no surprise. He appeared at Jerry Garcia’s memorial in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park days after the singers death. He was completely sloshed, attempted jokes that wouldn’t have been funny had he been sober and then kept repeating them. It was deplorable for him to do this in public, even more so at a memorial service attended by thousands. I’ve never seen another movie he’s been in since.

  • addalled

    Drunks!

  • Billy Beatty

    I always celebrate people in recovery, famous or not. It’s terribly hard to get and stay sober. Congratulations!

    • hutch1200

      Tru Dat!

    • fcabanski

      Hogwash. When you keep a strangle hold on you problems, saying “I’ll always be recovering”, then it’s hard. You make it hard.,

  • Thomas Ingle

    klear101 and anyone else confused about the addict/alcoholic issue; It is very simple, an alcoholic is AN ADDICT! period! Alcohol is a drug so if you are addicted to alcohol you are an addict!! So many Americans like to separate the two but this is done mainly by people who seem to think they are some how better people than low life addicts! Alcohol abuse causes more deaths and more misery than all the known drugs in the world put together! I have never met anyone who lost a love one to a driver causing an accident because they smoked some weed but I did lose one of my best friends when a drunk driver swerved in to his lane while he was riding his motorcycle, hit him head on, and killed him! I am sure many people will read this and cry “I know some one who was hurt by a driver on drugs” and this is true. So why is alcohol separated from other drugs when obviously it is just another drug!

  • Heresanidea

    There is no such thing as an alcoholic. People do become dependent on alcohol, but that is a symptom of some other issue or issues. Take care of those issues, stop drinking, and voila, you are now just a regular healthy person. No need to label oneself and continually obsess about it. Move on to better life.

  • jim smith

    of course mickey mantle, he said that if he knew that he would live longer than his dad he wouldnt have done it. these people listed are the poster children for this, not a skeletal closet.

  • Buffalo

    Robin William’s is a coke head

  • Mike McTighe

    The Shining is about King’s alcoholism. The book, not Kubrick’s movie. In fact Kubrick downplayed the alcoholism, which is more in the forefront of the novel. This and several other deviations is why Stephen King is so mad about the way Kubrick adapted his novel.

  • Rose

    It’s called Alcoholism! Get a grip! Peace! rs

  • Eurekaman

    FYI All alcoholics are addicts but not all addicts are alcoholics.

  • Eurekaman

    I think I heard last week that Affleck is back in rehab.

  • More_War_GOP_2016

    You mean didnt care

  • Flashbang

    King was also a concaine addict

  • FireManEd

    People That GoTo AA and/or Stop Drinking Are Quiters! I Wouldnt Want Them On My Team!

  • Phil

    Mickey liked to drink. So do I. Big deal. I always liked his description of his appearance after a night’s drinking: eyes like two holes pissed into a snowbank. Classic! Mickey was the best!

  • BassFreak

    The problem with becoming sober is it makes you more boring, but at least you get to live longer I guess.

  • paganpink

    Robin Williams became a “dry drunk” and seems to miss the enormous amounts of cocaine he used even more then the alcohol. He still goes on mindless (and fact free) obscene rants against people he doesn’t agree with like Sarah Palin. He tries to mock Rush Limbaugh for having the same disease he has! Unbelievable hypocrite and no longer funny- just manic and frantic.

  • handgunnar

    None of these people are a surprise. Their alcoholism is old news. Glad that most of ‘em seem to be recovered.

  • TRB SR.

    Alcohol is just a smokescreen for all the other drugs that these glorified addicts did in order to make big $.

  • terrythecork

    An Alcoholic is a Drunk who doesn’t drink. A Drunk is an Alcoholic who Drinks. The Disease runs all through my Family. 33 YEARS SOBRIETY AND STILL A FRIEND OF BILL W.! My experience has shown me that the bitterest letters in a Forum like this tend to come from people who still drink, even though it’s becoming evident that they need to stop. Can’t handle MY success with this issue? That’s YOUR Problem. Have a Nice Day…

  • Shemp

    Once again the non-PC Gibson gets the beat-down…the other celebs, the soft shoulder of sympathy…

  • Guest 33

    of course if they are alcoholics they still are and always will be. There is no such thing as a person who “used to be an alcoholic”. The disease of alcoholism progresses and gets worse even if you are not drinking

  • pat conroy2

    They just aren’t all sober. Don’t talk to Tony H. in a meeting about his movies though,

  • Dick Delson

    Mickey was a friend. I tried everything I knew to get him to stop, but…

  • pusherhombre

    Who was actually surprised by anybody on this list?

  • SueG316

    Umm . . . I don’t know why Mel Gibson is in a group that has the heading “12 celebrities you didn’t know were alcohol addicts”. Unless you have lived under a rock for the last decade, you knew.

  • SueG316

    I also believe that alcoholism is not a disease. It’s a choice. I also believe that some folks have “addictive” personalities, but that is all the more reason to make better choices and not get addicted in the first place. My mother was one of six children. Of the six only two didn’t become alcoholics (mom was one of the two, thank God!). My dad came from a family of alcoholics as well, and unfortunately, he was one of them. And a mean drunk at that. So, knowing that this ugliness was most likely in my genes, I have made a conscious choice my whole adult life to only have an occasional drink when I “wanted” one, and to never drink when I felt I “needed” one. And any time I do drink it is always in moderation. I have never felt that pull towards becoming addicted, but being aware of the family history, I took steps nevertheless the avoid any potential problem.
    Let’s just stop the coddling and call addiction what it is – a choice by folks who are predisposed but made poor choices that allowed the addiction to take hold in the first place.

  • Guest

    The Billie Holiday story “She was ordered to quit drinking”, not “quite drinking”. Sorry just had to point that one out.

  • Tresix

    Before his death, Mantle came clean about his drinking. He had even had a liver transplant around that time. I’d say I knew about half of these people had drinking problems. Jamie Lee Curtis may be the biggest surprise to me, though.