Drew Barrymore says quitting alcohol saved him from a “terrible vicious cycle.”
The 47-year-old “ET” actress opened up about her three-and-a-half-year sobriety in an essay published in the December issue of her monthly Drew magazine, “Take Care of Yourself.”
Drew, who is a single mother to two daughters, Olive, 9, and Frankie, 8, after divorcing husband Will Kopelman, 44, in 2016, said: She changes the terrible cycle she finds herself stuck in. For me it was sobriety.
“Hold on, take a breath, squeeze yourself. We’re all doing our best here. And that in itself is something to celebrate.”
She said that sobriety was “one of the most liberating things” on her “life journey” and allowed her to “finally break free” from the “torture of guilt and dysfunction”. said.
Drew first started drinking at age nine, smoked marijuana a year later, started using cocaine at age 12, and by age 13 had gone to rehab twice.
“Alcohol didn’t help her,” she told CBS’s This Morning, adding in a 2021 interview:
“You might think I solved a lot of my problems because it was so hard when I was younger.
“Every decade of our lives, we continue to face nearly more than we thought we had seen. Go on and never break again. We’re on that roller coaster ride.”