If you need a little inspiration on quitting alcohol… Here are a few surprising celebrities and entrepreneurs, who you may not have known have quit or reduced their alcohol intake significantly.
Bradley Cooper who has been sober since he was 29 told GQ “If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life…The one thing that I’ve learned in life is the best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then, whatever happens, happens,” Cooper continued. “The more steps I do to not do that, the farther I am away from fulfilling any potential I would have.”
Ronaldo does not drink alcohol because drinking it reminds him of the death of his father. Ronaldo would offer to ask him to go to rehab and address his alcohol addiction, but he always refused.
Singer and record producer Calvin Harris says he quit drinking after a series of incidents: “I gave up drinking because bad things happened. Things that you just think: ‘I really shouldn’t have done that.’ There have been lots of gigs when I’ve looked back and gone: ‘Oh, it was on television, a lot of people saw that, and I was totally inebriated.’ I’ve had the best year of my life not drinking, it’s been great.”
Co-founder and CEO of Oracle; No. 5 on Forbes’ list of The World’s Billionaires, says: “I can’t stand anything that clouds my mind. … I have no problem with people drinking; I have no problem with people smoking dope. If that’s what they want to do, God bless them, that’s their business. But I can’t do those things.”
Model and Media Mogul says: “I feel like I’ve been very lucky because I don’t really have an addictive personality. I had a little taste of alcohol when I was 12 years old, but that’s about it.”
The music legend was inspired to get sober years ago after seeing the AIDS epidemic take a toll on society. “I had the luck to meet Ryan White and his family. I wanted to help them, but they ended up helping me much more. Ryan was the spark that helped me to recover from my addictions and start the AIDS foundation,” he said. “Within six months I became sober, and clean, and have been for the last 27 years.” (3)
On becoming sober, “What I found is structure. That led me to a balance of opposites: You get out of life what you put in. There was a moment when my morning routine was, like, Get up and Google yourself. But that stopped, dramatically and instantly, probably three years ago. I realized that viewing yourself through other people’s pictures is not living your own life”.(4)
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