A 17-year-old at a party is bound to do a few stupid things. We’ve all been there. There is alcohol, maybe someone made pot brownies and perhaps a little marijuana is making the rounds. Underage drinking and drug use is not an uncommon thing. Many teenagers have experimented with a variety of drugs or alcohol. A lot of the time it is in some kind of moderation and restricted to group events. However, underage alcohol and drug use isn’t restricted to financial capabilities. Rich or poor have gone down a dark path. Although, the more money you have, the more you can afford. Therefore, it seems that the wealthy youth always seem to get themselves into bigger trouble than those who have limited funds at their disposal.
Then we have children born into money and celebrity status. This nuclear combination leads to all kinds of problems for underage kids under the fame umbrella. Some of these young celebrities have done nothing to earn their celebrity status, however, because they are connected to fame, they become celebrity de-facto and enjoy all the spoils that come along with it. And in many cases, their parents are traveling and enjoying their own celebrity lifestyle, so it leaves these wealthy young kids to do as they please. Unfortunately, they don’t always make the best decisions. On their own, they are left with massive homes, ample time and a lot of money to cause all kinds of problems. There is no gender bias here. They feel limitless, numb to society’s rules and constantly push the envelope. These are 11 Celebrities Who Loved Abusing Drugs And Alcohol As A Minor
11. Haley Joel Osment – Crashed Car While Drunk
Haley Joel Osment burst into stardom with the line, “I see dead people.” He was the young star of M. Night Shyamalan’s one good movie, The Sixth Sense. Osment blew up shortly after The Sixth Sense came out and he even got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He continued on with his success and in 2006, it all caught up to him when the 18-year-old got into a single car accident. His blood alcohol level was measured at .16 and he had marijuana on him. He attended mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and entered an alcohol-rehabilitation program. So far so good as the actor has enjoyed a steady career ever since.
10. Kylie Jenner – Use Of Xanax
There have been many reports in recent years over the two Jenner sisters and their partying ways. Both Jenner girls have been accused of underage drinking (which neither deny) and excessive drug use featuring cocaine and prescription pills such as Xanax. Reports surfaced over the then 15- and 16- year-old girls partying at the family’s Malibu beach house in which high schoolers were passed out all over the sand. Local residents submitted complaints over the excessive out-of-control behavior. Life & Style claims that Kylie has “hit rock bottom” due to issues that have arisen between herself and older sister, Kim.
According to a report, “it also looks like Kylie’s rumored boyfriend, Tyga, is a bad influence on her. The alleged source says that Kylie often smokes marijuana with her 25-year-old boyfriend. They also pop a large number of drugs, including the popular Molly and Ecstasy.” It should come as no surprise as Kylie’s parents have seemingly been spread thin over the years worrying about their own circumstances and the family business. With Kris Jenner managing Kim’s career among other endeavors and Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner going through his transformation on live television, I think this behavior is no surprise. With a ton of rumors circulating, one wonders if Jenner will appear as a tragic evening news lead. We certainly hope not. Stay tuned.
9. Jack Osbourne – Drinking In Bars At 13
Thankfully, Jack has found his way through to the other side of his addictions. The son of famed slurring singer Ozzy Osbourne, has gone through the ringer when it comes to drug and alcohol abuse. At the tender age of 13, Jack was hitting bars and drinking people under the table. He stated, “I could remember being 13 and at a bar and people were like, ‘What’s this 13-year-old doing here?’ and I would proceed to drink them under the table,” he told MTV. “I thought that if I really wanted to fit in I had to show them that, I was, in a way, just as adult as they were, ‘because I could hold my own just as well as they could, if not better.” Starting young, the issues didn’t get any better when in 2002, his mother, Sharon, was diagnosed with colon cancer. With the family front-and-center on a reality TV show, the pressures of being in the spotlight and the drama with his mother became too much. Jack smoked pot and drank every day for 2 years and started taking Vicodin by the handful. But that wasn’t all. He started guzzling a variety of prescription pills until he entered rehab at age 17.
8. Kelly Osbourne – Vicodin Addiction At 13
Jack wasn’t the only offspring of Ozzy’s to get addicted to drugs and alcohol at a young age. Kelly blames some of the roots of her addiction on taking liquid Vicodin as a 13-year-old when she had her tonsils taken out. She began clubbing at age 16 and started to get hooked on the pill form of Vicodin. From there, she was off and running. She was taking upwards of 50 a day tossing more than six down at a time. It took multiple trips to rehab and then a stay at a psychiatric ward to get Kelly’s addictions under control. Although she cites her issues with addiction back to her tonsils getting taken out, having a rock star father chase you and your friends around in his underwear while drunk is a rough way to grow up. Kelly was also exposed to other rockers when their father was doing shows. She recalls when Motley Crue babysat her and her brother. Certainly, the Osbournes could have benefited from Care.com.
7. Nicole Richie- Blames Substance Abuse On “Boredom”
Nicole Richie was a young socialite who had the benefit of being the daughter of legendary recording artist, Lionel Richie. Nicole was exposed to money and celebrity status at a very young age. She blamed “boredom” for the reason she began using. At the tender age of 13, Nicole was drinking alcohol, smoking pot and snorting cocaine. When that wasn’t enough, she graduated to heroin use. Nicole told Barbara Walters in 2007 that she “got so much so fast that nothing really excited me anymore. I know I took matters into my own hands and was creating drama in a very dangerous way.” Nicole used to create chaos with her partner in crime Paris Hilton back in the day. At age 21, Nicole was busted for possession of heroin and was checked into rehab. Rehab may have cured the heroin, but Nicole was seen numerous times partying with Hilton over the years. One wonders if rehab took or not.
6. Mary-Kate Olsen – Fame, Hard To Handle
Mary-Kate Olsen is half of the famed ‘Olsen Twins.’ Growing up as a child star on television has left a graveyard of issues for many aspiring actors. By the time high school hit, Mary-Kate was well off of her hit show, but her alcohol and drug problems were just beginning. The famed actress had a big bank account and could write her own ticket in the world. But the spotlight proved to be too great for her as she heavily drank, started smoking pot and snorting cocaine. In addition to the drug issues, she was forced to enter rehab for anorexia. Our guess is that this was a 2 for 1 visit to get her life under control before she suffered a similar fate to other successful child stars.
5. Paris Hilton – High Times Led To Serving Time
If you grow up absurdly rich and are attractive, I guess you can pretty much do whatever you want. At least, that’s how Paris seemed to live her childhood. Hilton was able to hit whatever club she wanted in New York and started drinking and doing drugs very early in life. She hit the clubs in New York and Los Angeles hard as a teenager. Producer Sisco Adler had this to say about a teenage Hilton: “A young party girl who gets sucked into the L.A. party scene and grew up a little too fast.” As a teenager, Hilton was rubbing elbows with the entertainment elite. Hilton has been arrested on drunk driving charges, cocaine charges and been accused of smoking marijuana in public.
4. Miley Cyrus – Hannah Loves The Bong
Miley Cyrus, the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, skyrocketed to stardom when she appeared on Disney’s Hannah Montana. Combined with electric energy and a tremendous singing voice, this talent hit home runs both ways, scoring a big show and a successful singing career. Miley enjoyed the traveling lifestyle, drinking alcohol all across the world from 17 and on. She also was videotaped smoking out of a bong at her 19th birthday party. Her reply, “You know you’re a stoner when friends make you a Bob Marley cake, you know you smoke way too much fu*king weed.” Thanks for the update, Miley! News of Cyrus’s love for the ganja caused a massive Internet stir as Disney went into DEFCON 1 damage control. With Hannah all grown up, Disney and Cyrus moved on from one another. Now, Cyrus seems to make a ton of news shedding as much clothing as possible.
3. Robert Downey Jr. – Smoked Weed At 6
Robert Downey’s Jr. childhood has long since passed, but the legend of his troubled youth still remain. Most parents try to steer their children clear of drug use. However, Downey Jr.’s father started the future star young. His dad gave him his first joint at age 6. “When my dad and I would do drugs together, it was like him trying to express his love for me in the only way he knew how,” Downey Jr. told People magazine. “There was always a lot of pot and coke around.” Downey Jr.’s drug and alcohol use steered him down dangerous paths. It helped end a seven-year relationship to Sarah Jessica Parker and he spent time in prison numerous times for drug related offenses. Fortunately, he seemed to turn a corner and is one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories.
2. Drew Barrymore – Club Hopping At 10
Drew Barrymore, like Robert Downey Jr., grew up and scored early Hollywood success. Barrymore broke out in Steven Spielberg’s massive hit, E.T. From there, her career would suffer numerous peaks and valleys due to her drug and alcohol abuse. Barrymore has admitted to starting her chaotic ways when she began drinking at the age of 9. At 10, she was smoking pot. Shortly after, she was snorting coke. “I was a club hopper at 10, as much as a 10-year-old can be,” Barrymore intimated to People magazine. Barrymore actually went to rehab at age 13 and had to follow it up with another stint at just 14. Thankfully, Barrymore eventually was able to straighten out and has become a massive success.
1. Lindsay Lohan – Loves To Snort Cocaine
Lindsay Lohan is the most recent poster-child for young celebrity rehab. She was a budding talent as a child and teen, starring in numerous big roles. She was on top of the entertainment world as the next IT girl, destined to be a superstar. She was attractive and original and even made a splash as a singer. With successful films like Freaky Friday and Mean Girls under her belt, people were looking for big A-List things from Lohan. That is, until word of her excessive partying began to circulate.
Lohan was getting slack for drinking and doing drugs through all hours of the night and missing casting calls the next morning. The teenager’s star began to dim when respected executive producer James G. Robinson wrote a very public letter about Lohan calling her out for being “irresponsible and unprofessional” and participating in “ongoing all-night heavy partying” during the filming of the Robinson-produced Georgia Rule. Shortly after, Lohan ran off a series of alcohol-related charges, getting arrested numerous times and making four appearances in rehab. Lohan came clean to Oprah about her alcohol addiction and excessive cocaine use. When she drank, she used to like to snort coke. It allowed Lohan to party longer. As of now, Lohan is attempting to reconstruct her career.