25 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Alcohol Addicts

Ben Affleck

3. Ben Affleck

“”Armageddon” actor Ben Affleck, and the soon-to-be new face behind the Batman mask, entered rehab in 2001 for alcoholism.

Affleck stayed sober for a decade before being spotted with a drink at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. He shot to prominence during the early 1990s after a series of supporting roles in hit films like “Dazed and Confused.”

It was after winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and starring in the Michael Bay action film “Armageddon,” however, that this star truly rose to heights that few get to see during their careers or even in their lifetimes.

His struggle with alcohol did not largely impact his career, as he made several hit films during or before his time in rehab in 2001, most notably “Pearl Harbor.” In fact, his relationships seemed to impact his films more.

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His status as a serious actor was undermined when he starred in the critically panned movie “Gigli” and became engaged to his leading lady Jennifer Lopez. Their extravagant wedding was called off days before it was scheduled, and Affleck now leads a much lower key life with Jennifer Garner and their 3 children.

His alcohol issues are a thing of the past, and he achieved renewed career success when he won an Oscar for “Best Film” for “Argo.”

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268 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Anuschka February 19, 2016 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Okay I knew about all of them – nothing new.

    An alcohol addict is someone who consumes frequently (must not be or appear drunk all the time) or someone who is drunk often.

  2. Sam Landis February 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Since 1956 alcoholism has been considered a disease. In the year 1935 two men Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob found a way to solve the drink problem and better their lives. Together with help from other alcoholic friends they wrote what is now called the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to help solve their drinking problem. It is a 12 step program that deals with a person’s attitude and outlook upon life. Alcoholics anonymous is not a religious program, however, it is a spiritual program created for a person to find a power greater than themselves to help them recover. And many do if they have the capacity to be honest. It truely works, if you work it. I know, my name is Samuel, and I am a recovering Alcoholic.

  3. Jesse February 16, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    To close this argument, alcoholism is a disease, specifically an addictive illness considered a neurological maladaptation.

    In laymens terms, alcohol is a very powerful substance. It bathes every single brain cell and causes a cascading release of endorphins. Your brain does not want to be out of sorts the way it is when alcohol is inside of it, so it adapts to alcohols presence by down regulating some neurotransmitters and up regulating the action potential of synapses. This happens with any amount of alcohol. What is important is the degree to which this adaptation occurs. With one drink, your brain may stay in emergency mode for a day or two, just in case more poison tries to throw it out of whack. With repeated and heavy drinking, your brain can actually get to the point where it will seizure and pass into a coma or even into death if you fail to CONTINUE drinking. This is because ethanol has been incorporated, as a neurotransmitter, into the functioning of your brain. Some people are predisposed to this unfortunate adaptation, but ANYBODY can give it to themselves.

    I guess it wasn’t as much in laymen’s terms as I would’ve hoped but I don’t know how to explain anymore simply. Hopefully this helps. God Bless.

  4. J January 15, 2015 at 3:07 am - Reply

    So sad to read the last line of a Robin Williams entry now, he will be sorely missed!!!

  5. Nick Angel November 9, 2014 at 6:06 am - Reply

    It might be in the genes….
    Although by force of will…it can be controlled —for pleasure.
    It appears to be an individual matter. Like :
    A 90-year old good lawyer had a home celebration for reaching that age in good
    health for having never tasted any alcoholic drink.
    While the happy hour was in progress with lawyer friends someone was heard singing
    loud in an adjacent room.
    The celebrant was asked who was the singer in the room.
    “My father” he said, “he is drinking his 94 eproof Sapphire gin again.”

    “How old is he—your father” followed up his buddies.

    “120 years young” the celebrant son meekly answered.

  6. ldmff September 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Well at least they stopped calling it a disease, or have they?

  7. black_dontcrack August 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    If you lived in Minnesota you’d know the celebrity drunks. Hazelden and Mayo could have their own Hollywood Walk of Fame with stars on the sidewalk. Or would that be Hollywood Walk of Shame? Hmmmm

  8. yaegerj August 6, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Everything in moderation. Moreover, I thank the souls of Dr. Bob, Bill W, and others who were instrumental in the development of the 12 steps, where many facets of it, that have been created, in other ways, that gives those who want it, a chance to live, a richer, and more productive life, without the use of whatever substance they are abusing.

  9. yaegerj August 6, 2014 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Everything in moderation.

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