I am surprised to learn that there are many famous people who don’t drink alcohol — or never tried it. These celebs are not sober because they suffered from alcoholism or drug addiction – they were just never interested. A few names you might know: Abraham Lincoln, Jennifer Lopez, Donald Trump, Dane Cook, Jennifer Hudson, Penn (from Penn & Teller), Jennifer Lawrence and I can go on.
There are much more people, in the spotlight, who have abused drugs or alcohol in the past. Their sobriety quotes can be relatable or downright inspiring.
He became famous as one of the first astronauts to walk on the moon. Before his fame, he was just a pilot. Buzz found he was unprepared for the media storm that was about to hit him. After the Apollo 11 mission, his life became filled with speaking engagements, publicity, and the spotlight. He started drinking more and realized he had a problem, went to a recovery clinic, and got treated. He openly praises these treatment programs, saying: “I think recovery organizations are essential. I still participate in that because I enjoy the sharing that takes place and the friendship.” Having been sober for over three decades, Buzz still remembers his battle with alcohol: “It’s been one of the greatest challenges that ever came along in my life; it was one of the more difficult things to do.”
Robert Downey Jr.
He is a well-known actor whose movies such as Iron Man, The Avengers, and Sherlock Holmes have been seen by millions. Despite his first successes with Less Than Zero and Natural Born Killers, he started to abuse drugs. Between 1996 and 2002, he was regularly arrested on drugs charges. When asked about his addiction, he said, “It’s like I have a loaded gun in my mouth, and I like the taste of metal.” He now says that he has found success after his addiction through the support of his family, friends, and colleagues in the film industry. He said, “The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.”
This pop icon is in the “hardly ever drank” non-drinking crowd. It’s nice that someone so famous is also a good role model. Some of her quotes include “I remember seeing girls crying in the bathroom every Monday night about what they did at a party that weekend. I never wanted to be that girl”. Another quote “If I want to storm out of the house and go to a club and get drunk and take my clothes off and run naked through Nashville, I can do that. I just really would rather not. It’s as simple as that”. Very cool.
He was the drummer of the phenomenally successful Beatles, and for a period of around 20 years, he took a wide variety of drugs and drank a lot of alcohol. “I didn’t work or do anything,” he once said. “I wouldn’t go out because you’d have to be in the car for 40 minutes without a drink.” However, he realized: “that’s all drugs and alcohol do; they cut off your emotions in the end.” As a result, he started getting sober, and he now enjoys a successful career where he tours with his band.
He is another actor who ended up as an alcoholic. His career has had its ups and downs, and he is currently enjoying a long line of successful TV shows. He gained notoriety due to his recklessness and hedonistic lifestyle, particularly when he was caught in bed with a 16-year-old girl. However, he turned his life around and said, “Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself. I don’t put it on a platform. I don’t campaign for it. It’s just something that works for me. It enabled me to really connect with another human being my wife, Sheryl-which I was never able to do before.”
He is famous for his blockbuster movies. He revealed that he’s a drinker and has tried cocaine. More specifically, he reflected on his excessive alcohol consumption and added: “I drink at times too much. I do enjoy drinking, and there have been times in my life when it’s crossed the line from being fun to having to drink late at night for absolutely no reason. So what I do is, I stop.” Later in that interview, he admitted he had tried cocaine in the past, but didn’t like it: “I didn’t have an issue with it. I’m not a big druggie, not at all. Blow is absolutely a nonstarter.” I guess the jury is still out on that.
If you are a person who doesn’t drink, it is clear that you are not alone. Non-alcoholic people who don’t drink are not weird. In fact, not drinking is becoming more fashionable as a healthy lifestyle. When I was drinking, I really thought that only freaky people “took a pass” on drugs and alcohol. Too bad for me, because the only freak was me ….because I was not able to maintain any dignity or composure under the influence.