26 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Alcohol Addicts

Alcoholism is an addiction that affects not only the physical health of the addict, but also their mental health, leading to a downfall when it comes to social and familial life. When alcoholism starts being a big problem for the addict, it shows in their failure to successfully deal with work-related and other responsibilities, as alcohol dominates every aspect of their life, including their relationships. Alcoholism is harmful and damaging for every addict, but when it comes to celebrities it reaches a completely different level, as their lives and careers are in the public spotlight. Alcoholism can threaten to destroy a celebrity’s career and significantly affect their personal as well as public life.

Here are 26 celebrities whose lives and careers have been affected by alcoholism:

1. Mel Gibson

We know Mel Gibson for being a famous Hollywood actor. But besides that, he is also a filmmaker and screenwriter. His career had its ups and downs, but he is most famous for the movie Braveheart, which he directed, produced and starred in. The same movie brought him the Golden Globe. However, his career suffered the consequences of his drinking problem.

In 2006, Mel Gibson was arrested for drunk driving and this event led to many other problems that affected both his public and personal life. He managed to get his drinking problem and his overall behavior under control since then, and heal the broken relationships along with getting his career back on track.

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  • rayg0838

    Sad, but True. Only the lonely. There’s only one place for me …and that’s near the……BREW…..Just a Thought!!!

  • Californiagrl

    Where do these writers come from, under rocks? 3/4 of those people are well known addicts. Good grief. This article sounds like it was written by a 21 year old.

  • Lewis

    Even though it was common knowledge (only an alcoholic thinks nobody knows), why did you have to publish this? Is a medical condition anybody’s business except the sufferer and his doctor. I’ve only been sober a decade and I certainly don’t want anyone bringing up the past. Someone offers me a drink and I don’t say “No, I’m a alcoholic”. I lie and say “I’m on medication.”

    • jpcatanzaro

      What can’t you just say “no thank you”?

      • agitator

        The problem with too many people is they don’t take NO for an answer. I haven’t drank in 32 years and I still have people that can’t take no for an answer. It starts with the taunting just like when I was a kid. When ppl say no, leave them alone, I too have had to make up reasons to not be bothered

    • John Landau

      True freedom comes when you can lose the shame. No need to lie. Just say, no thank you. If they persist, say, no thank you, again. You’re right. It’s no one’s business.

    • Kimberly Fox

      Being a liar is MUCH better than being a drunk.

    • Stephanie

      Sorry to hear that Lewis. No it isn’t anyone business, and the gossip of people ugh, but I agree with you with they shouldn’t have made it known about their lives. I never had anyone try to push me to having a drink. Well I’m proud that you have gone 10 yrs, congratulations.

  • Mr. Perfect

    Alcohol addicts? I thought the correct terminology was called alcoholics.

    • Aixa Morales

      If you have money, you are an alcohol addict…on the other hand if you are poor you are just an alcoholic… ?

    • Mark Goldberg

      next… the’ll be calling them ‘Alcohol special needs people’

  • uncorrectedvision

    Ever time I see Robert Downey Jr. in action, I say a little prayer for his continued sobriety. He is very talented.

  • davidmuscalo

    Mickey Mantle the greatest baseball player ever? Has the writer ever heard of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMagio, Ted William or Ty Cobb. All of whom were better players and contributed more to the success of their team and humanity.
    Additionally, as alcoholic, Mantle should not have received a liver transplant. The liver should have gone a more deserving person (non-alcoholic).


    I love Anthony Hopkin. He talks like a boss and walks like a boss. Alcoholic? No. He is the Boss. Get it real and don’t judge.


    Jamie Lee is a true goddess. She don’t need no additives, she is real.