Famous Alcoholics And Addicts

September 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm 14 comments

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I thought it might be fun, with the recent “news” event of Lindsay Lohan’s Tweet about her drug test failure, to make a list of famous people who suffer from alcoholism and addiction issues. Just because someone has substance abuse problems doesn’t mean that society should kick them to the wayside or that they are destined to be bums on a street corner. Some of these names you’ll already know about, and some you might actually be surprised to discover on the list. Some have gotten sober, some have attempted, and some have died not trying. At any rate, it’s interesting to see such a long list of accomplished people.

John Ford

Ulysses S. Grant

Ernest Hemingway

Janice Dickinson

Jack Kerouac

Stephen King

David Hasselhoff

Michael J. Fox

Meredith Baxter

Eric Clapton

Hunter S. Thompson

Anne Lamott

Robert Downey, Jr.

David Crosby

McKenzie Philips

Alexander the Great

Edgar Allen Poe

Larry Hagman

John Daly

George W. Bush

Diana Ross

Mary Tyler Moore

Dick Van Dyke

Tracy Morgan

Amy Winehouse

Anna Nicole Smith

Melanie Griffith

William Shatner

Eddie Van Halen

Keith Urban

Johnny Cash

Ben Affleck

Buzz Aldrin

Truman Capote

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dorothy Parker

Carrie Fisher

Kris Kristoferson

Franklin Pierce

Richard Burton

Elizabeth Taylor

Eddie Fisher

John Barrymore

Judy Garland

Spencer Tracy

Ava Gardner

Betty Ford

Robert Young

John Denver

Mel Gibson

William S. Burroughs

Raymond Carver

Robbie Williams

Ozzie Osborne

Brett Butler

Tim Allen

Errol Flynn

Tom Arnold

William Holden

Steve McQueen

O. Henry

Jim Morrison

Hank Williams

Billie Holliday

Veronica Lake

W.C. Fields

James Thurber

Lorenz Hart

Dylan Thomas

Janis Joplin

Jimmy Hendrix

Robin Williams

Melissa Gilbert

Beverly DeAngelo

Linda Carter

Samuel L. Jackson

Kelsey Grammer

Billy Joel

Mickey Mantle

Babe Ruth

Michael Landon

Demi Moore

Joe Namath

Jackie Gleason

Ted Kennedy

Joan Kennedy

Boris Yeltsin

Joseph Stalin

Alexander Gudonov

Ed McMahon

Dave Mustaine

Ray Charles

Doc Holiday

Winston Churchill

Frank Sinatra

John Bonham

George Carlin

Anthony Hopkins


Eugene O’Neill

Ringo Starr

Trent Reznor

J. Robert Oppenheimer

Joe Dimaggio

Lester Young

Herve Villachez

Glenn Beck

Lee Marvin

Colin Farrell

Steve Clark

Courtney Love

Kurt Cobain

Charlie Sheen

Rob Lowe

Chad Lowe

Chris Mullin

Steven Tyler

Gene Simmons

Anthony Kedis

Elton John

Natalie Wood

Nick Nolte

Tommy Lee Jones


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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alcoholic  |  October 15, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Interesting subject. The marajuana users in my group like to talk about this.

  • 2. annedoud  |  November 7, 2010 at 3:00 am

    wow! That is a looooooooooooooong list! Amazing, so much talent. Was Anthony Hopkins on there? He is too.

    • 3. gooseberrybush  |  November 7, 2010 at 11:42 am

      Hi, Anne. Yes, he was. Although, I missed quite a few folks I should have mentioned, I’m sure.

  • 4. The Girl From Out of Town  |  December 1, 2010 at 1:47 am

    My shopaholicism/affluenza has been cured by unemployment, but that is an addiction, too.

  • 5. Bloney  |  June 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    The lengthy list of alcoholics and substance addicts is flawed. Some people named are known to be completely sober individuals; one, in fact, who tried drugs only a single time in his entire life and who still has never tasted alcohol (that being Gene Simmons).

    First of all, a drug or alcohol USER isn’t the same as an ABUSER.
    Don’t know where Gooseberry got his/her information, but the errors that I have recognized cause the entire list to be suspect and lack credibility. Possibly this is because Gooseberry has found reports of particular people who have been reported to have been seen drunk, made some comment about an experience on drugs or drinking, or something of that nature. This is not enough to categorize individuals as alcoholics or drub abusers. An “addict” is a person who cannot stop using substances even when he/she knows full well the substance is causing significant problems with his/her life.

    Certainly most of the individuals listed are or have been well-known serious alcoholics/drug addicts (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Alan Poe, Eric Clapton, Dave Mustaine, Janis Joplin, John Bonham, Jackie Gleason, and more). But with many of these people, while they are/have been known to imbibe somewhat too frequently, there is no evidence that they were “addicted” or that their uncontrollable drinking or using impacted their lives in a ruinous, irreversible way (John Ford, Stephen King, George W. Bush, Jimi Hendrix, Dick Van Dyke, Truman Capote, Joe Dimmagio, Ringo Starr, Trent Reznor, et al.).

    Make sure you know your stuff and/or use proper terminology when you put this stuff online.

    • 6. Author  |  June 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      I stand behind the list. It could be longer. I didn’t name these people willy-nilly. The list says Famous Alcoholics and Addicts, and Gene Simmons is most definitely a sex addict. He cannot stop having sex with multiple partners even when he’s in a committed relationship. He’s incapable of keeping it zipped, in other words, which will surely cause him consequences.

    • 7. dumbshit  |  September 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Wait…what did Jimi Hendrix die from again?

  • 8. rubber61  |  January 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Great list-how did you establish that they were in fact alcies.?

  • 9. rich  |  March 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Oi, Wheres Keith Moon …& me?? lol

  • 10. dave  |  May 11, 2012 at 11:25 am

    do you have to be addicted to alcohol to be an alcoholic?

    • 11. Wes  |  August 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      An alcoholic is someone who cannot control their drinking once they start drinking and cannot stop drinking on their own for any significant amount of time no matter how much they want to.

  • 12. Cecil Legett  |  August 26, 2012 at 11:24 am


  • 13. Cecil Legett  |  August 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Double Divillabiss!!!

  • 14. Jett Holland  |  November 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    It is not the quantity that you drink that makes you an alcoholic..consequenses for alcoholics amy appear to be the same as for the person that drinks alcoholicly but the insanity of the alcoholic is more than just the allergy to alcohol it is the “Alcoholic Thinking”..as Bill Wilson noted therefore the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his (or her) mind.


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