Anne Hathaway has formerly shared that she’s no longer drinking, joining a growing number of celebrities who don’t consume alcohol. At our Massachusetts addiction treatment center, we understand why many people choose to quit drinking, even if they haven’t been diagnosed with alcohol use disorder. Celebrities and everyday people don’t need to hit rock bottom to turn their lives around. Sobriety can be sought today. Here’s why Anne Hathaway is sober until at least 2036.
Hathaway’s Motivation for Sobriety
While Anne Hathaway and drugs have never been a particularly hot-button issue in the tabloids, she has still been candid about her use of alcohol and the effect it has on her ability to put her best foot forward as a parent.
Hathaway realized that hangovers didn’t mix well with motherhood. She explained, “I’m going to stop drinking while my son is in my house just because I don’t totally love the way I do it, and he’s getting to an age where he really does need me all the time in the mornings,” she said. The actress elaborated that a bad hangover one morning showed her that enough was enough, and she needed to stop drinking to meet her responsibilities. This is a common challenge for many people who drink, even if drinking is not a daily occurrence. One bad hangover or unhealthy decision made while drinking can be the final straw that pushes someone onto the path of recovery.
In 2018, Hathaway swore to abstain from drinking alcohol for a full 18 years because of how negatively hangovers affected her ability to be present for her son Jonathan. In her own words, "The time I have with (Jonathan) is really precious. And I do leave a lot for work, and I found my time with him was getting impacted, not necessarily by the drinking, as I never went out of control around him. But I hate to say it – as you get older, the hangovers get really bad.”
Alcohol use, even in moderation, can make it difficult to meet responsibilities in one’s life. This is because there is a lot of unrecognized ‘work’ associated with drinking: the time spent getting alcohol, the time spent drinking alcohol, the money spent on alcohol or related costs, and the hangovers. Not to mention the effort to return home safely without falling under pressure to drive under the influence. These factors can make even moderate drinking harmful to one’s life. Anne Hathaway is sober, she is able to truly immerse herself in the motherhood role and be present for her children.
Those who are ready to stop drinking are encouraged to find professional outpatient treatment programs, like those found with Banyan Massachusetts. These services are especially useful to those who are concerned about not showing up for those that need them. Outpatient care allows patients to maintain these obligations whilst showing up for themselves, their mental health, and their physical health.
Celebrities Who Don’t Drink
Many celebrities have made the choice to stop drinking,
- Blake Lively: She revealed in an Allure interview that not only does she not drink, but she also has never even tried a drug in her life. She has explained that she simply does not have a desire for such a lifestyle and has been more concerned about motherhood and building her family as opposed to indulging in any bad habits.
- Jim Carrey: In his own words, “I rarely drink coffee. I'm very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful."4 This highlights a beautiful mindset that many people sadly lose sight of. While it can be fun to feel tipsy with friends, being under the influence can cause a person to miss out on countless details. Getting comfortable with being present in body and mind is not always easy, but it is considered one of the most freeing experiences a person can undertake.
- Jennifer Lopez: One of J-Lo’s reasons behind staying sober is the negative effect that alcohol consumption can have on the skin. She isn’t wrong. Alcohol causes the body and skin to dehydrate. Dry skin is much more likely to wrinkle and can result in a gray appearance.
- Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter himself has been candid about his struggles with alcoholism and the way that drinking would change him as a person. “I change when I’m drunk. I’m one of those people who changes. There is something in any person who drinks in a way that’s clearly not good for them, something that is attracted to that chaos.”
- Samuel L. Jackson: Before becoming a household name, this prolific actor started, like many others, by looking for professional work in New York City. The 70s and 80s were wrought with substance abuse, and Jackson was no exception. He realized that if he wanted to make the impact he did, he needed to get clean. He has attributed this sobriety as the reason he is able to empathize with his characters more deeply, allowing for the incredible performances that shot him to fame.
- Naomi Campbell: The English supermodel has been open about her past struggles with addiction. Beginning in the late nineties, she states that “There were times I thought I wouldn't survive. I used to have a lot of problems. Amongst others, I drank too much, so I joined Alcoholics Anonymous to get and stay sober."
Get Massachusetts Addiction Treatment at Banyan
There are many reasons celebrities have chosen to get stop drinking, and often, professional alcohol treatment programs are needed to achieve sobriety. The growing number of celebrities who don’t drink shows the growing social movement of sobriety. Sobriety and recovery are becoming less taboo as more and more sober celebrities sing the praises of recovery.
As the conversations surrounding addiction are becoming more understanding, the tabloid idea of rock bottom is not what’s pushing celebrities to sobriety. Instead, their recovery is motivated by a desire to be healthier and happier. If you are considering getting sober, our facility offers numerous programs that can help you overcome alcohol use for the better.
Call 888-280-4763 to learn how our team at Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts can help you get sober.
- Vogue - Here’s Why Anne Hathaway Is Giving Up Alcohol
- Bazaar - Anne Hathaway on giving up alcohol: "It's irritating how well it's going"
- Allure - Blake Lively: Her Allure Photo Shoot
- CBS News - Carrey: 'Life Is Too Beautiful'
- Huffington Post - Daniel Radcliffe Reveals He’s Addicted To Exercise After Giving Up Alcohol
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