So, you’re considering going alcohol-free. Maybe it’s for health reasons, maybe it’s the season of life or maybe you just don’t prefer alcohol. Whatever your reasons are for going alcohol-free, you’re not alone. Turns out, there are lots of other individuals out there who live alcohol-free lifestyles, including some very well-known celebrities.
Celebrities are often known for their exuberant way of life, excessive spending and of course those A-list parties. But did you know that some of those famous A-listers go to parties without entertaining a single sip of alcohol? Celebrity or not, some well-known individuals have made the switch to a non-alcoholic lifestyle for various personal, respectable reasons. Check out this list we’ve compiled of VIPs who went alcohol-free.
1. Bradley Cooper
At the age of 29, American actor Bradley Cooper decided to make the switch to an alcohol-free life after years of struggling with substance abuse issues. In a 2012 interview with People Magazine, Cooper stated, “I don’t drink or do drugs anymore. 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?’” Now 42 years old, Cooper has been alcohol-free for 13 years.
2. Blake Lively
Though her Gossip Girl counterpart Serena van der Woodsen might have enjoyed a good party, 30-year-old actress Blake Lively could not be more different. In a 2012 cover story with Allure, Lively expressed that not only does she avoid drugs, but she’s made the choice to go without alcohol as well. Hers is more of a relaxed persona decision, however. “It’s not like I decided on these strict lifestyle choices and I’m enforcing them,” she stated. “It’s just something that I genuinely don’t have a desire for.”
3. Jennifer Hudson
Similar to Lively, 36-year-old singer and actress Jennifer Hudson leads a relatively laid-back and alcohol-free lifestyle. While promoting her 2013 movie “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete,” (where she plays a heroin addict), Hudson discussed her sobriety in an interview with talk show host Chelsea Handler. Hudson stated, “I’ve never done anything, so that was hard to play this role. I’ve never had a drink in my life. I’m sober.” When Handler showed her surprise, Hudson responded, “I’ve never been interested. Nobody ever believes it.”
4. Russell Brand
Though very well known for his comedic pursuits, British actor, author and activist Russell Brand also has a more serious side. Now 14 years sober, Brand has consistently been open and outspoken about his recovery from drugs and alcohol. In a 2017 appearance with Megyn Kelly Today, Brand talked about his now alcohol-free lifestyle: “When I started, I took it one day at a time. Ultimately, I found that spirituality worked for me.” Now completely sober, Brand is a spokesperson for living alcohol-free, in his book “Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions.”
5. Jennifer Lopez
Forty-eight-year-old American singer, actress and fashion designer Jennifer Lopez doesn’t have time to let alcohol slow down her busy lifestyle. In a 2003 interview with InStyle, Lopez stated, “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.” Though her alcohol-free lifestyle choice isn’t in response to personal challenges, her commitment to keeping her body and mind clean is still just as strong.
6. Tim McGraw
While some celebrities have chosen to go alcohol-free for themselves or their bodies, others do it for their families. Singer Tim McGraw has been sober since 2008, and decided to make the switch for his three daughters. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, McGraw expressed, “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. It’s time to make a change, and I thought it was.” Since then, McGraw traded alcohol for weight-training, and has reaped the physical benefits.
Choosing to go alcohol-free isn’t something only experienced, older adults can do. In fact, 21-year-old actress and singer Zendaya did it from the very beginning. When she rang in her 21st birthday, Zendaya celebrated in style, but without alcohol. Via her app, Zendaya stated:
Just because I’m now the legal drinking age, doesn’t mean I’m going to start throwing ‘em back. I don’t plan to start drinking. My life is too stressful to need help with relaxing by having a cocktail. This industry is way too nuts for me to not be in control of myself and my decisions, so I just don’t want to introduce drinking! Plus, I don’t want drinking to become a vice. Why try something if you don’t need it?!
These individuals are only a few of the many celebrities who have chosen to step back and live an alcohol-free lifestyle. No matter the reasons behind the decision, going alcohol-free is an ideal way to cleanse the body, mind and soul, reset and refocus on a positive and fruitful life.