I’ve always been fascinated by the sheer number of celebrities who quietly don’t drink alcohol.
I’m not talking about famous people who’ve fought well-publicised battles with booze. I’m more interested in the celebs who quietly decided that Hollywood’s champagne lifestyle wasn’t for them.
Their reasons for quitting are varied and inspiring. So if you’re looking for a bit of motivation to help you stick to your sober goals, this week’s video is for you!
Reasons to quit:
1. 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.”
2. Be a better parent
“Drinking 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.”
3. Feel happier
“When I got sober, I thought giving up was saying goodbye to all the fun and sparkle, and it turned out to be just the opposite. That’s when the sparkle started for me.”
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.”
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.”
6. Understand yourself better
“That’s one great way of really sort of getting to know yourself, is just drinking water and being sober as anything.”
7. Make the most of life
“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.'”
8. Stop lying
“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.”
9. 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. I thought, ‘Do you know what? It’s going to be one or the other. I can’t really have both.’”
10. Gain super powers
“Someone asked me about the ‘secret to my success,’ and the first thing that came to my mind was my sobriety…my sobriety isn’t a limitation. Sobriety isn’t even a ‘have to’ – it’s a superpower.”
Looking to create a sober life you love? Click here to find out more about my Getting Unstuck course.