Unlike most social problems that seem to emerge from, or affect, the most neglected part of society, alcohol dependence is common even among celebrities.
With the emergence of social media, the already existing curiosity of the vast majority of the people across the world to know about the lifestyle of their favorite celebrities has increased drastically. This phenomenon has not only boosted the visibility of the rich and famous but in many ways has become intrusive, with each move of theirs being monitored and splashed across various media. Not a single detail about their lives is left out resulting in the celebrities’ lives being looked at more closely, even their seemingly bad habits, such as their various addictions including dependence on alcohol.
Here is a look at some of the celebrities who battled with an addiction to alcohol. Though they found fame and success in their respective fields they also earned notoriety for excessive drinking.
- Betty Ford: Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Ford, the wife of former U.S. President Gerald Ford (1974-1977), was once addicted to alcohol. Her dependence on alcohol refused to subside till her family forced an intervention to make her realize the folly of her drinking habit, a major turning point in her attempt to gain complete sobriety.
In the 1970s, she confessed about her drinking habit and her struggle to get rid of the addiction. Simultaneously, she also took up the task of raising public awareness about addiction. After her recovery, she established the Betty Ford Center to help victims of addiction overcome their dependence on abuse of various substances, including alcohol.
- Mel Gibson: After nearly a decade of silence on the issue of alcohol dependence and his consequent efforts toward sobriety, American actor Gibson recently opened up about his struggles with alcohol. He said, “You die or you quit.” Talking about his freedom from the drinking habit, Gibson revealed how he was finding a sense of ease by not drinking anymore or letting any kind of addictive habit gain control over his life.
He confessed that he started drinking when he turned 13 and that he struggled with his alcohol problems for a major part of his life. After being apprehended for driving under the influence (DUI) and his misdemeanor drunken-driving charge, Gibson sought professional help and checked himself into a rehabilitation center to cure himself of his addiction to alcohol.
- Lindsay Dee Lohan: American actor, model, singer, songwriter and director and producer Lindsay Dee Lohan shot to fame for her various roles in movies apart from lending her voice to various albums. However, her reputation dissolved after being arrested for two separate incidents involving drunken driving. She was subsequently sent to an alcohol addiction program. She also underwent a day of imprisonment and three years of probation, along with community service. Describing the impact that drinking had on her life, Lohan revealed that she realized her life had become unmanageable due to her alcohol addiction.
Recovery from alcohol addiction is possible
Constant and recurring efforts to educate Americans about the ill-effects of alcohol have not seen much success. This is evident from the fact that more Americans are dying of alcohol-related issues than of any other addictive substance. The adverse effects of alcohol, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, killed more than 30,700 Americans in 2014 alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unrelenting alcohol use led to roughly 88,000 deaths per year in the U.S from 2006 to 2010.
If you or someone you know is addicted to alcohol, it’s time to seek professional assistance. One should not delay treatment or it can worsen the situation. Contact the 24/7Alcohol Addiction Get Help Helpline for evidence-based treatments on alcohol addiction. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-281-3014 or chat online with our addiction treatment experts to know more about the best alcohol addiction treatment centers.
To read the other articles in the series, “Celebrities infamous for alcoholism,” go to: Part 1