When it comes to sober celebrities, it tends to be the stars who’re struggling that grab the headlines.
This is a shame, because it reinforces the idea that alcohol-free living is hard, or just for people who’ve hit rock bottom.
Personally, I’ve always been much more interested in the celebrities who are quietly teetotal.
They’re the ones we don’t hear much about, but I’m always curious to know why they decided Hollywood’s champagne lifestyle wasn’t for them.
If you need some motivation to stick to your sober goals this week, here are 10 great reasons to quit drinking – according to some amazing sober celebrities!
1. You’ll feel happier
“Four hours of fun the previous night resulting in an entire day of misery the next day is just bad math. I decided I couldn’t let alcohol rob me of enjoying my life’s special moments. For me, alcohol makes me happy for a little while, and sad for a longer while.”
Mike Posner, singer
2. Be a better parent
“My issue is I just love it [alcohol] so much. But the way I do it makes me unavailable for my son. I quit drinking back in October… for 18 years. I’m gonna stop drinking while my son’s living in my house. He’s getting to an age where he really does need me all the time in the mornings.”
Anne Hathaway, actress
3. Feel healthier
“I stopped drinking because it actually was making me ill. It was affecting my brain in the worst way.”
Calvin Harris, DJ
“All the madness and chaos, and all the people around me got so tiring after a while that I had to find another way….‘[Now to relax] I do a bit of yoga and I like a nice hike.”
Colin Farrell, actor
“I think that I am firing pretty much on all cylinders… I feel like I’m better than ever, better than I’ve ever been.”
Tim McGraw, country singer
4. Enjoy more free time
“I was starting to get bad hangovers on not much booze. A glass of wine gave me a headache or even sickness the next day. The after-effects weren’t worth the fun times. I lost half days, sometimes full ones… my life is so busy that if I do have a day off, I don’t want to spend it vomiting.”
Sarah Millican, comedian
5. Lose weight faster
“I realised there were lots of empty calories in booze so that is why I gave it up. If you add up through the week what I’d consume in alcohol calories it was mad. I don’t miss any of that. Now instead of partying until 6.45am, I’m in the gym at 6.45am.”
Lisa Riley, actress
6. Understand yourself better
“I’m prone to depression. Drinking doesn’t help one bit… It’s not so much the drinking as the reason why you’re drinking that is the problem. When you’re drinking because you’re trying to get away from things, you’ve got to look at it.”
Andrew Flintoff, former England cricket captain
“If I found myself in a situation socially where I feel like I’m missing it [alcohol] then I would just go home. I’m obviously not in the right place. If I can’t deal with a situation sober, why would I want to deal with it at all?”
Ewan McGregor, actor
7. Have more energy
“I have more energy and I have more fun than when I was drinking, and I can hang out really late and get up early in the morning with no hangovers and still smile.”
Naomi Campbell, model
8. Quit faking things
“I’m an actor, so I acted … all the fucking time. One thing [addiction] does is make you clever at not giving anything away. People think junkies and alcoholics are slovenly, unmotivated people. They’re not – they are incredibly organised. They can nip out for a quick shot of whisky and you wouldn’t know they have gone. It’s as if … you are micro-managed by it.”
Simon Pegg, actor
9. Stop holding yourself back
“I was so concerned what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day… I always felt like an outsider. I just lived in my head. I realized I wasn’t going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, ‘Wow, I’m actually gonna ruin my life; I’m really gonna ruin it.'”
Bradley Cooper, actor
10. Do better at work
“I realised it was not going to end well. I got into the acting programme, it was very challenging, I was hungover and I wasn’t doing so well in my classes. And I thought, ‘Do you know what? It’s going to be one or the other. I can’t really have both.’”
Kristin Davis, actress
“I always wanted to see how far I could go in the sport. I didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize that. There were a lot of talented British players around but they didn’t take it as seriously as I did, they weren’t focused enough.”
Andy Murray, British tennis player
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