The pandemic, lockdown, 'freedom day', there have been all manner of reasons why people's drinking habits have changed recently. Even before the world turned so topsy turvy more and more people weree choosing to swerve the sauce. Nearly 30% of young people in England do not drink, according to data collected in 2018.
As you know, regular drinking is associated with increased feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as poorer sleep. Given the times that we are living in, it makes sense that some people will seek to unwind via an ice-y G&T at the end of the day (According to a reader survey conducted by Women's Health, 33% of you tried to ease stress by drinking more alcohol during the national lockdown.) But this is likely to leave you feeling worse in the long run, thanks to the impact of the hard stuff on your brain chemistry.
If you're looking to cut down on or swerve alcohol, know that you're in esteemed company. May we present: 53 celebrities who don't drink.
Telling the story of a particular experience at the Golden Globes, Megan Fox recently revealed why she decided enough was enough.
E reports her as saying: "I was belligerent and said a bunch of s--t I shouldn't have said on the red carpet after that. I think I got in a lot of trouble for whatever I said on the red carpet at this event. I don't remember why but I know that I did. You can look that up."
Checking the tapes, E states that Megan made a 'transphobic slur', comments on Salma Hayek's boobs, moaned about her now ex-husband and complained about how her hair was styled.
"Now I don't drink and this is why," she said.
The former WH cover star and fitness sensation shared a snap to Instagram, in which she detailed her reasons for not drinking.'I feel like people are really surprised when I say I haven't had alcohol since I was 19,' the trainer wrote.
'I've tried alcohol before, but I've just never liked it. I have also always been really into sport and played basketball competitively when I was younger, so I wasn't interested in drinking and I didn't have time to feel sick or hungover.
'She went on to explain how she wants to encourage other people who swerve the sauce to not feel 'weird' for doing so.
'I'm here to tell you that if you don't want to drink, you do NOT have to. I feel like I'm a role model for lots of women and young girls, and I'm proud that I can spread this message and let you know that you don't NEED to feel pressured to drink alcohol if you don't want to. Please don't feel weird if you don't enjoy alcohol, because you are not the only one!.'
In Jessica Simpson's book, she details how being sexually abused as a child lead her to self-medicate with alcohol.
After hitting 'rock bottom', Jessica said she got sober in November 2017 and has found a new lease of life since.
Now, Jessica calls sobriety and her clarity on life 'a continual gift [...] When I finally said I needed help, it was like I was that little girl
that found her calling again in life,' she said. 'I found direction and
that was to walk straight ahead with no fear.'
Anne Hathaway has traded hangovers for time with her son.
She gave birth to Jonathan in 2016 and has said she's decided to go sober for 18 years, right up until the point when he goes to college. Speaking on Lorraine, the star said: 'So far it's only been true for half a year. I have 17 and a half years to go.'
'The time I have with (Jonathan) is really precious. And I do leave a lot for work and I found my time with was getting impacted, not necessary 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. I had to make a choice and I chose mornings. Isn't that annoying? Isn't that horrible? I'm really irritated by how well it's going.'
Once he's 18 she's said, she is going to 'move to a vineyard and spend the back half of my life completely sloshed, happy, sun-drenched. That's the plan!'
This Sex and the City star was quoted in a passage by Marie Claire U.K. expressing how she didn't think she would make it past the age of 30.
Davis admitted: 'I realised it was not going to end well. I got into the acting program, 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.'
In a 2010 Us Weekly profile, the actor revealed 25 things the world wouldn't know about her, number five being that she hasn't consumed alcohol since the early '90s.
According to Forbes, the supermodel once made a statement about her sobriety to her fans: 'I feel like I’ve been very lucky because I don’t really have an addictive personality. I’ve never had any drugs, and I had a little taste of alcohol when I was 12 years old, but that’s about it.'
The actor discussed his sobriety in his GQ cover story back in 2013, explaining that at the age of 29 he felt 'if I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life.'
The Iron Man star openly talked about his battle with substance abuse in his 2014 Vanity Fair cover story, revealing that he has now been sober for over 10 years.
In a 2008 cover story with BlackBook, the actress revealed 'I went through a normal kind of late teens, early 20s drinking, but it was a choice I made, because I didn’t think it was very good for my life.'
In an exclusive interview with Life & Style back in 2013, the English supermodel and actress said 'I gave up drinking alcohol [...] Not drinking makes me a lot happier.'
In the singer's 2012 Women of the Year profile by British GQ, Lana spoke of her struggle with alcohol addiction for most of her early teenage years, finally getting sober before she turned 20 and after moving to New York City to pursue her music.
In a candid interview the singer revealed, 'I don’t drink—I hate the taste of alcohol. When my debut single [Bleeding Love] went to No.1, I celebrated with non-alcoholic champagne.'
H/T: Glamour U.K.
The Pretty Little Liars actress told InStyle earlier this year that her decision to embrace the sober life all started when she decided to chop off most of her hair into the cute bob hairstyle she has now.
'I tried really hard to be the social butterfly,' the actress said after years of trying to find her place in the Hollywood party scene.
The reality TV star made it clear that he has been sober for almost fifteen years now after sending out a celebratory tweet in 2013 marking the anniversary of his sobriety.
After receiving the Spirit of Sobriety award in 2015 for celebrating 25 clean years, the actor credited most of his success to his wife, Sheryl Berkoff. In his acceptance speech, Lowe said: 'She inspired me to get sober. She’s put up with my defects of character as they call it. In sobriety the lessons keep coming if you’re lucky enough to be along as long as I have.'
The Scottish DJ revealed in a interview with BBC that despite his career choice that is more often than not surrounded by partying, he has forgone consuming alcohol for the better. Harris expressed: 'I stopped drinking because it actually was making me ill. It was affecting my brain in the worst way.'
The actress entered rehab in 2008 and has been sober ever since. She opens about substance abuse addiction in her Interview cover story that followed that same year.
In an interview with The Telegraph last year, the Harry Potter star discusses his long road to sobriety throughout the later years of filming the famed film franchise that led to his feelings now toward the substance. 'It’s lovely. I barely think about it [alcohol],' he said.
While the actor has continued to struggle with his alcohol addiction over the years, Affleck opened up earlier this year on his Facebook page in a post where he admits to completing treatment again in order to be the best father that he can be. He even brought a sober coach to the Oscars for support.
The rapper struggled with his addiction to alcohol for many of his teenage years before getting sober at the age of 25. He explained in a interview with MTV, 'The thing that pulled me back was knowing that I wanted to be a musician, and that if I wanted to do this I had to get sober.'
Our favorite Gossip Girl star revealed in her Allure cover story back in 2012 that not only does she not drink alcohol, but that she's also never touched drugs. The actress explains: 'It's just something that I genuinely don't have a desire for.'
In his 2013 Rapper of the Year profile with GQ, it was revealed that Lamar doesn't drink alcohol or do drugs, despite many of the lyrics in his songs. The rapper grew up in a household of substance abuse and would rather be an advocate for those living in sobriety.
The British tennis player told the Daily Record that he easily gave up drinking alcohol in his late teenage years, saying: 'I always wanted to see how far I could go in the sport. I didn't want to do anything to jeopardise that.'
The famed rapper and now actor has been living the sober life for quite some time now, despite the temptations that come with living that stereotypical musician lifestyle.
The actor opened up most recently in his GQ Style cover story this year about the struggles he has faced with alcohol addiction in the past. When asked about his experience going cold turkey, he said simply: 'I didn’t want to live that way any more.'
On the subject of drinking alcohol or smoking, the singer and actress told InStyle back in 2003: 'I think it ruins your skin.' Lopez also explained 'Of course, during celebratory toasts, everybody's like, 'You can't toast with water!' So I'll toast with alcohol and just take a sip.'
The rapper opened up in an interview with VLAD TV, where he explained: 'Drinking was something I was never really into, which is weird.' Logic also admitted that he has struggled more with his addiction to cigarettes and other drugs.
Pharrell Williams has been open about living the sober lifestyle for quite a while now, telling Paper Magazine, 'Everybody else can do what they want, but that stuff isn't for me,' back in 2004.
One of our favourite Friends stars has been honest about struggling with his alcohol addiction for many years now. The actor even opened up one of his former homes to act as a sober living space for others who are also struggling with addiction. Perry is happy to admit now 'the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, "Will you help me stop drinking?" I will say, "Yes. I know how to do that."'
The comedian and actress expressed her dislike for alcohol in a red carpet interview at the 2014 Emmys where she tells E!'s Giuliana Rancic: 'I don't drink because it gives me a stomach ache [...] I try all the time, it looks good and I feel like I would have fun being drunk, but I have a Jewish stomach.'
After the rapper struggled with dangerous addictions to both alcohol and drugs for many years throughout his early career, Eminem has returned to music sober.
The Scottish actor struggled for years with addictions to both drugs and alcohol before seeking treatment. Now 20 years later, Butler is still embracing the sober life.
H/T: Us Weekly
The famed tattoo artist and beauty entrepreneur announced her continued sobriety after years of drug and alcohol abuse with a celebratory Instagram post.
The lead singer of Coldplay admits the band indulged in a party phase early on in their career, but now Martin himself completely embraces the teetotal life.
H/T: The Guardian
'I came to my senses when something in my brain went, "What are you doing?"', the Scottish actor recalls, of the time he danced for Iggy Pop in his dressing room that led to his decision to leave alcohol behind.
H/T: The Daily Mail
The comedic actor has spoken very seriously about the topic of substance abuse, telling CBS News: 'I rarely drink coffee. I'm very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful.'
Despite many that indulge in the Hollywood party scene, Jennifer Hudson can confidently says: 'I've never had a drink in my life.' In an interview , the singer and actress told Chelsea Handler: 'I’ve never been interested. Nobody ever believes it.'
H/T: Huffington Post
The Irish actor opened up about celebrating 10 years of his sobriety on Ellen after years of previously struggling with his addiction when he first got to Hollywood. Farrell also admits his coping mechanism: 'Now I do a bit of yoga, I like a nice hike and I drink dragon nasal juice.'
H/T: The Telegraph
The country music star struggled early on in his career with his substance abuse addiction upon entering the Nashville music scene. Urban credits his wife, Nicole Kidman, for helping him the most with maintaining his sobriety.
After struggling with mixed substance abuse in the '70s and '80s when he was entering the acting scene in New York City, Jackson realised he needed to get clean if he wanted to be serious about his career. The actor admits that sobriety truly enabled him to get inside of playing a character in a deeper way.
H/T: The Telegraph
The country music star discussed his road to sobriety on Ellen where he recalled how he made his decision to change his ways back in 2008: 'I think it's a personal choice—when it gets to the point where you think it's affecting you adversely and it's affecting your relationships.'
The Spiderman star has been open about his sobriety in many interviews, telling The Guardian: 'I stopped consuming any mind-altering substances when I was 19 years old. And I've been abstinent since then.'
The English guitarist struggled with his alcohol addiction for much of his early career. After the birth of his son in 1986, Clapton made the decision to truly get sober and has continued to live as such ever since.
H/T: Vanity Fair
The British media mogul struggled with her alcohol and drug addictions the most when her parents, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, were experiencing life-threatening illnesses in the early 2000s. Osbourne has now successfully been living in sobriety for over seven years.
The rapper and actor told Piers Morgan in an interview that, although he dabbled in selling drugs in his early years growing up to survive, he never actually took drugs or drank alcohol because it just didn't agree with him.
Lead singer of The Killers, Brandon Flowers, revealed that engaging in alcohol use during the early years of the band's success truly helped him to decide which path he wanted to follow when he became a father. Flowers has now been embracing the sober life for much of the later half of his career.
The actress, who found fame aged 12 with the film Leon, has talked about experimenting in her younger years, but deciding she wanted to say sober into adulthood: 'I didn’t really go to high school parties, and yeah, I didn’t touch pot till I was in my 20s... I didn't get flat-out drunk until I went to college. But I think that's a good thing in many ways.'
After infamous battles with drugs and alcohol, the singer got sober in 1990, saying: 'Within six months I became sober, and clean, and have been for the last (28) years.'
The Victoria's Secret model opened up about her experience getting sober on Instagram in 2019, saying it 'was a struggle in the beginning because I'm an alcoholic (something you have to remind yourself of for the rest of your life) but it's the best decision I've ever made. It's OK not to drink or do drugs.'
The impressively down-to-earth actor opted for the dry life, following issues after being constantly hounded by paps from a young age. On an episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls, he revealed: 'If you're leaving your house to go to the grocery store, there will be press there. It can be everywhere and it can be confusing [...] You spend a lot of time in your house, going crazy, and pretty soon you need a social lubricant.' He sought help after getting to the point that he needed to go anywhere and says of sobriety 'What I found is structure. That led me to a balance of opposites: You get out of life what you put in,' in an interview with Elle.