Inspirational famous former drinkers

The thought of never drinking again is a scary one – it certainly freaks me out. But I think it’s best not to worry too much about future events and how to navigate them: birthdays, concerts, weddings or weekend piss up offers from mates. They aren’t going anywhere so just take it one day at a time. But when I need an extra bit of help and inspiration I turn to some of my idols and see how they knocked booze on the head. Most have a colourful past with the drink but have managed to turn it around – and still remain pretty cool (not that drinking is cool but you know what I mean). I’ve listed some of these people with links to the relevant article. I hope it helps.

Johnny Marr

I just got bored of alcohol after a while and I fancied a change.

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Ryan Adams

One night, Adams told the woman he was with at the time that he was going out one last night. “Which sounded like bullshit, but it was true.” At 11.30pm, he called to say he was done.

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Graham Coxon

What you do is you just stop and after a few days you’ll feel alright, won’t have any more weird dreams, sleep better than you have in your whole life, have more energy and be happier.

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Eva Mendes

I’m proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to actually go and face their demons and get better.

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Paul Weller

I woke up in the morning and thought, ‘No way am I giving up the bottle,’” says Weller, “but later on I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And so that was it

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Simon Pegg

I got to a point in my late thirties where I was a bit overweight, I didn’t have a lot of self-esteem, I was unfit, and I thought, ‘This isn’t a way forward for me.

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