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10 Reasons To Quit Drinking, According To Sober Celebrities

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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37 Responses

  1. Many of those reasons resonate for me. Being better and more productive at work more days per week than just 2 or 3 days as the week went on. I actually feel like I’ve found my personality too sober, which isn’t any different to the personality I had when I was drinking, but I didn’t know how to let loose sober. The biggest revelation for me came at the weekend though. We were away at a do and we had to sit through a really long day and lunch (6 hours) with people we didn’t know and who could barely speak English. No one was drinking until about halfway through the food and had I been drinking I would have felt incredibly frustrated wondering where the wine was and when I could have a drink. I wouldn’t have enjoyed the food and I certainly wouldn’t have enjoyed anyone’s company. As it was it was completely liberating not to have to worry about it and I ended up having some really nice conversations, albeit in pidgin English and using sign language plus I didn’t have to worry either about making a tit myself! The lack of hangover too was a major plus as we had to get up at 2.30am to get to the airport to get a flight back to England. I’m 3.5 months AF and socialising sober has definitely got easier and is now my new norm. I’m loving it!

  2. I love these quotes! Thank you for posting this. I love the comment that “It’s as if you are micromanaged by it,” which is how I feel when I’m drinking. Everything ends up revolving around drinking and life becomes utterly exhausting. While I’m not currently living a sober lifestyle, I have in the past and the freedom I found in not drinking was amazing. I’m struggling to get back there.

    1. Hi Erin, if you need some help getting sobriety to stick, I think my 6 week course could really help things click back into place for you. The next class starts in July, so if you’re still in need of some help by then, please do check it out. Here are some details: https://thesoberschool.com/course/

      1. Yes especially to the first one! I used to look forward to evening so I could drink my wine, drinking for two hours and then regretting it every other moment of the day. So so not worth it. The other night I went to a friend’s house for a cook-out and she texted to ask if a certain cocktail sounded good. I texted back, sounds lovely I’m not drinking so I’ll bring some sparkling water to put in mine. And no one cared (They all thought I was pregnant so did have to set that straight ha). But I enjoyed my fruity non-alcoholic drink. And I felt great the next day. This lifestyle is doable and worth it.

  3. The Simon Pegg one about no more faking things is also a big one for me! It wasn’t until I quit that I realised how much work I’d had to put into pretending everything was ok… that I wasn’t hungover, that I hadn’t forgotten who I called last night and what we talked about etc, etc. You get the picture. It was so tiring. I’m a graduate of your October 2018 class and still going strong!

    1. Congratulations Jo! I’m pleased to hear all is well and the days of faking it are firmly in the past 🙂

  4. All the quotes make perfect sense. Just wish I could get to the place where the reasons to stop really take first place. So great to read though and the people who are succeeding are amazing.

    1. Hi Jan – knowing why you want to stop is only one part of the puzzle. It’s a very important part, but it’s just one aspect – it will only get you so far. For long term success, you need to work on your mindset around alcohol-free living. Educating yourself about what booze can and cannot do is the key to success – that’s how you stop sobriety from being a willpower battle and turn it into an empowering choice instead. I’d be very happy to help you with this – it sounds as if you could do with some support. I’d recommend you take a look at my 6 week coaching programme: https://thesoberschool.com/course/

  5. I benefit so much from the continuing reminders about AF living. Lately I have flirted with the moderation myth and am now back to commitment to AF. I feel I still have some hurdles re: handling social situations without alcohol. I still just stay home instead of face those events. One step at a time.

    1. I’m glad to hear you’re back to being fulling committed to alcohol free living. Moderation never ends happily! Keep going Marti 🙂

  6. Today I had my usual pre-dinner drink only at lunch time. It totally knocked the stuffing out of me. My stomach felt bloated and I felt so tired and sick with the smell of the food. I wasn’t able to function and had to lie down. I usually wouldn’t notice as much especially in the evening because I would just go to bed early and wake up about 2am. I have to stop this self destructing downward spiral! I know I need help but mainly it will take my commitment to achieve and get my life back.

    1. It sounds as if alcohol simply isn’t working for you any more Linda. Time to do something different – you deserve better than this 🙂

    2. I feel the same way, you are not alone in that feeling. Something has got to change and it needs to be my relationship with alcohol. I need a break or a break-up!

  7. Great post, thanks Kate. I love this quote from Ewan McGregor: If I can’t deal with a situation sober, why would I want to deal with it at all?
    I remember going to family dinners, occasionally outings with friends and thinking I’ll just grin and bear it, and I’ve got help with red wine. Now I just say ‘no’ to those evenings that make me so uncomfortable that I have to anaesthetize myself to get through it! Crazy thinking. Not anymore. : )

  8. I’m absolutely happier, and more patient. Which in turns help me to be a better parent even though my children are adults.
    I’ve much more energy and find myself to be grateful morning, noon and night.
    Getting to know myself again, is a work in progress, as it should be.
    We change, as we change we learn different things about ourselves.
    Much healthier and conscientious about what I put into my body food wise.
    Nutrition is such an important part of our recovery.
    Thank you .
    Happy Memorial Day.

  9. I believe I drank to keep an air tight lid on my feelings! So understanding myself better is a big one. I feel so much clearer headed already especially without the hangovers and more motivated to engage in life.

  10. ‘If I can’t deal with a situation when sober, why would I want to deal with it at all?’ Love it. Of course, he’s lucky enough to be able to change most of his situations while many of us are not. But I love the concept.

  11. Amen to what Ewan mcgregor said – when I was drinking, I would use alcohol to try and improve a rubbish party/ situation/ whatever, when really if you need alcohol to make a situation better then that’s a clue to just get out of there and go home!

    1. I’ll second that Carla as I definitely used to drink to make some people and social situations more interesting. I’ve also found I’m now only spending time with people I actually like and want to spend time with! Thankfully in my circle no one really goes out bar hopping and clubbing anymore as they all have families and children which definitely makes things easier.

      1. Thanks Sarah – and I agree, spending time with people whose company you truly enjoy is definitely a far better experience, absolutely

  12. Thanks for this post Kate. The posts that resonate most with me relate how the affects of alcohol negatively impact on your parenting ie being tired, impatient and irritable the morning after and “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
    I’m just one week AF and I’m hoping this is part of detox but feel very irritable. I have a clear head and that’s good but hope the negative emotions are just part of the detox process!

  13. Absolutely brilliant blog – great statements and most resonate. I loved Ewan McGregors comment and Anne Hathaways struck a chord as a parent. Really battling to be F at the moment but this has spurred me on.

    1. I’m glad this has inspired you Laura. If you need some support to stick to your sober goals (and actually feel good about alcohol free living!) I’m always happy to help. You can join my 6 week stop drinking course in July (more details here) or my mini course, The Sober School bootcamp, is available now. You don’t need to struggle on your own.

  14. Ok! here I go again. I can’t count how many times I have tried to quit drinking in my 61 years. My birthday is in July and I want to begin my 62nd year with 20 days sober before my birthday. My gift to me. Can I do it? I don’t think so but I will try today, this afternoon, this evening, tonight. I’m scared. I want this so much but come 4 o’clock I will want wine more and try to convince myself why I should just wait to stop drinking on the day of my birthday. HaHa what a joke that is. I will try for today, this hour this minute. I have put my name on your list for your class in July. I really need this Thank you for reading.

  15. I can relate to so many quotes… Reading Mike Posners quote makes me think of his song ‘I took a pill in Ibiza’ and reading Bradley Coopers quote almost made me cry…

  16. My fellow countryman, Roy Keane (pundit and former Man Utd captain and former Ireland captain.) Apparently, Sir Alex Ferguson (Keane’s former boss at Man U) sent Keane to Rehab in his early playing days at Man U. Keane went and afterwards reached his full potential as a footballer. He now works for ITV……..

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