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
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.