Everyone likes a drink now and then. As Luke Bryan says in his ballad about running into an ex “I Know You’re Gonna Be There”: “I’m gonna have a couple drinks just to knock off the edge / but not too much, don’t wanna make a fool of myself.” Nothing like a stiff drink to soften a tense mood.
But for some people, drinking is too tempting. Rather than the snooze button, the first thing they reach for in the morning is a half-drank can of flat, warm Budweiser. The last thing they do before bed is occulted by their nightly blackout drunkenness. Most alcoholics are just poor shmucks trying to make it through life, but celebrity addiction intrigues us because it attests to the stresses of wealth and fame. As Nicole Kidman says in her 73-question interview with Vogue, being a celebrity is mostly hard work, with a dusting of glamour to make it look effortless.
So if you’re curious, read on, and find out twelve successful celebrities who were behind-the-scenes boozehounds, lapping it up like thirsty Labradors after a hunt.
12 Ewan McGregor
11 Deryck Whibley
10 Daniel Radcliffe
9 Shia LaBeouf
8 Zac Efron
7 Mel Gibson
6 Johnny Depp
4 Ben Affleck
3 Robert Downey Jr.
2 Alec Baldwin
1 Matthew Perry
“I was never high at work, I was painfully hungover.” Although Perry says that his white-hot fame during the Friends era definitely aggravated his alcoholism, he says that he was already a drinker before the show began. He says that even though he was never high on the set, he was painfully hungover, and that everyone knew that he had a problem even though he did his best to cover it up. On Friends, Chandler is a renounced smoker, leading us to wonder whether he was so convincing in that characterization because he knew a thing or two about serious addiction…
Sources: CNN, DailyMail, The Guardian, HuffingtonPost, CBS
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