Posted: 12/31/2012 8:40 am EST | Updated: 01/23/2014 6:58 pm EST
Rehab doesn’t always work, but sometimes it does — and some celebrities just never started drinking alcohol. Here are 15 stars who won’t be ringing in the New Year with a glass of champagne:
Cooper became sober at 29 after purposefully bashing his head into a concrete floor at a party. “I don’t drink or do drugs anymore,” he told People. “Being sober helps a great deal … I remember looking at my life, my apartment, my dogs [when I was still using], and I thought, ‘What’s happening?'”
“You know, 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,” she told BlackBook.
After battling addiction to drugs and alcohol, Eminem got sober several years ago.
“You gotta remember I hadn’t recorded a song sober in seven years. So it took me awhile to even feel like I could record a song sober … I don’t know the last time I shot a video sober, without drinking or taking anything. It’s been years,” he told Vibe.
“I think that ruins your skin. 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,” she told InStyle.
“I got away with it more or less unnoticed. I was a maniac on the booze but I only remember it fondly,” he told the Daily Mail.
Davis went sober at age 22 when she found her drinking was interfering with her acting aspirations. “Sure, sometimes I miss it,” she told The Week. “Every once in a while, I’ll be with friends and they’ll be drinking red wine and I’ll think, in a really innocent way, Oh wow, that’s such a wonderful glass of red wine. Wouldn’t it be fun to drink it? Maybe it would be fine, but it’s really not worth the risk.”
Davis isn’t the only sober SATC lady. “I’m not a big drinker and when I do, I get a headache. I don’t drink or take drugs so clothes are my only mood enhancer,” she said (via Yahoo!).
“Seven years sober. I’m really grateful. It’s really lovely to be present in my life,” he told Ellen DeGeneres earlier this year. “I was terrified [of being sober] because, I’m not saying I was a great actor before or a great actor since, but I was terrified that whatever my capacity was as an actor beforehand, however little or large — it would completely disappear.”
“I don’t drink. I’ve never tried a drug,” she told Allure. “It’s just something that I genuinely don’t have a desire for.”
“I had been to rehab several times and reached a point where I was taking more of what I was doing in hopes that I wouldn’t wake up. And when I got to that point, the next morning I woke up and I was like, ‘I just prayed for death. What the hell is wrong with me?'” she told Anderson Cooper, on how she hit rock bottom and finally got sober.
Jada Pinkett Smith
“I found myself drinking two bottles of wine on the couch and I said, ‘Jada, I think we’ve got a problem here,'” she said (via Contact Music). “I had problems with alcohol and I really had to get in contact with the pain, whatever that is, and then I had to get some other tools in how to deal with the pain. From that day on I went cold turkey; I haven’t had a drink in eight years.”
Butler quit drinking 15 years ago and recently went to rehab for a prescription painkiller addiction.
“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,” she wrote on her website
“I don’t think it’s a secret that I’ve been sober since I was 19. It’s in half of the articles done about me,” he told People