Celebrities with Alcoholism

posted 24 Jun 2020, 04:26 by John McVeigh   [ updated 24 Jun 2020, 14:41 ]

George Best

George Best was a professional soccer player who played for Manchester United and his own country’s team, Northern Ireland. He was one of the best players of his time, having won few “Player of the Year” titles. Best scored 179 goals during his 11-year long career in Manchester United, and is called the best player to ever wear the Northern Ireland jersey. Best was one of the first celebrity footballers due his well-documented extravagant lifestyle, that would one day end him. 

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse made a point of never drinking in front of her family. She knew she was an alcoholic and hated the fact. She told them she couldn’t bear how it made her feel, and what it was doing to her — but she promised them that she was going to stop. Amy didn’t want to die; she didn’t have a death wish. She had a huge zest for life. There was so much she still wanted to achieve. Amy was incredibly strong, both physically and mentally, but alcohol addiction seemed to creep up on her and then just took her by surprise.

Three empty vodka bottles were found near Amy’s body in her bedroom, and a pathologist who examined her body said she had 416mg of alcohol per decilitre of blood — five times the legal drink-drive limit of 80mg. The inquest heard that 350mg was usually considered a fatal amount, and that Amy’s binge-drinking session had followed three weeks of sobriety. Small traces of Librium, used to treat alcohol withdrawal, were found in her blood, but no illegal drugs.

Johnny Depp

A family history of abuse has had a significant impact on him. For Johnny Depp drugs and alcohol were the center point in his life for a long time. As talented as he is, his inner world cast a shadow on his success. Off camera and away from the public eye, Depp’s history of drug and alcohol abuse continued.
Admitting later in an interview with ABC News that he felt uncomfortable in his own skin substance abuse had become a means to cope with the anxiety he felt.
In recent years, Depp has seen a large amount of negative attention in the media. However, allegations of his downward spiral back into drugs and Alcohol haven’t been admitted by the actor himself. His fight spirit remains intact.

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison is best known for being the lead singer of The Doors and is remembered as one of the most influential rock stars in history. He was listed in many “Best Singers” lists by various magazines. Morrison was a representation of rebellious attitude that many of his fans adored. He represented the youth culture and the generation gap, which was obviously huge during the 50’s and 60’s. During the 1960’s, Jim Morrison started having alcohol problems that would affect his live performances. He died in 1971 from a heart failure, but no autopsy was ever performed, which is why there are still discussions about his death. Some people believe that it was alcohol, others believe it was drugs, and some even doubt that his death ever happened.

Anthony Hopkins CBE

Sir Anthony is widely considered to be one of the world's greatest living actors and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in 1991's The Silence Of The Lambs, its sequel Hannibal and prequel Red Dragon. He has opened up on his battle with alcoholism, saying he "should have died in Wales, drunk or something like that". The Oscar-winning star admitted he was "very difficult to work with" early in his stage career because he "was usually hungover".
He said he turned his life around following a talk with a woman from Alcoholics Anonymous in 1975.

Al Pacino

Al Pacino

Pacino is a star so huge he actually turned down roles in Die Hard and Star Wars, he began escaping through alcohol, which he’d been drinking since age 13. The pressure, along with its alcoholic escape, was so intense that Pacino found himself at one point “enjoying being out of work more than working.” After being called out by his own drama coach, Pacino entered Alcoholics Anonymous. His wasn’t an immediate turnaround; it took AA, counseling, and years of work—but he hasn’t had a drink since 1985, according to Pacino himself. True to his word on how much he hated he pressure of Hollywood, Pacino spent four years in the late 80s without making a film; he only came back after being harangued by Diane Keaton.

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Aside from her fame as Princess Leia in “Star Wars”, Carrie Fisher was also well-known for her public statements about her health and addictions. This included alcohol. In 2008 she even published a book about her struggles, called “Wishful Drinking”.In the book, she writes “Happy is one of the many things I'm likely to be over the course of a day and certainly over the course of a lifetime. But I think if you have the expectation that you're going to be happy throughout your life — more to the point, if you have a need to be comfortable all the time — well, among other things, you have the makings of a classic drug addict or alcoholic.” Indeed, alcohol is often used as a coping mechanism, and Fisher describes — in her usual humorous fashion — how drinking can make this worse.

Tragically, Fisher died of a heart attack in December 2016. It is thought that a relapse was partially to blame. Fans continue to mourn the loss of the endearing actress.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson has publicly admitted to battling alcoholism for all of his adult life. He was arrested in 2009 for driving under the influence. In a previous 2006 arrest, made on the basis of suspected drunk driving, the arresting officer claimed he made anti-Semitic remarks. In the past, Gibson sought professional help, and checked himself into rehab for his alcohol problem. In 2016, Gibson layed out the harsh reality that comes with thinking about quitting alcohol. “They say there’s only three options: You go insane, you die, or you quit.”

Robin Williams

The famous comedian abused cocaine and alcohol early in his career, but quit when friend and fellow comedian, John Belushi, died of a cocaine and heroin overdose in 1982. After that, the late actor struggled off and on with alcohol for years until his death in 2014. He even regularly highlighted these struggles as a part of his stand-up routines. In a 2006 interview with Diane Sawyer, Williams talked about the reality that drinking doesn’t always have a reason behind it, saying “It's [addiction] — not caused by anything, it's just there,” Williams said. “It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m OK.’ Then, the next thing you know, it's not OK. Then you realize, ‘Where am I? I didn't realize I was in Cleveland.’” Sadly, Williams died in 2014. He was reported to have just entered rehab again shortly before his death.

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Can I go on a holiday abroad?

posted 24 Jun 2020, 04:14 by John McVeigh   [ updated 24 Jun 2020, 04:22 ]

What countries will let UK nationals in?

On 15 June the European Union eased travel restrictions, allowing individual counties to choose whether to let tourists in.
Only a small portion of European countries are currently letting travellers from the UK visit.
However, the UK Government has recently announced they are trying to negotiate travel corridors with other countries, which will allow UK tourists to visit without quarantining upon arrival.
The government is expected to release a list of countries the UK has travel corridors agreed with on 29 June.
These are the countries currently welcoming UK visitors:


Travellers from the UK are allowed, however you will have to self-isolate for 14 days once you arrive into the country.


Nationals from EU countries, the Schengen Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and the UK, are allowed to enter Germany, for more than just essential travel.

Writing about the current rules in place in Germany, the uk government website states “Persons entering [Germany] from other EU countries, the Schengen area and the UK will only have to go into quarantine if they are entering from an area where there is a high rate of infection.”

This presumably means that UK residents travelling to Germany from the UK, may have to quarantine upon arrival.


Italy was one of the first countries to open its borders to international tourists and since June 3 those from the UK have not had to quarantine on arrival.


UK residents can currently holiday in Portugal, but not in Madeira and Azores. A quarantine period is not required.


Ireland is now requiring all visitors from the UK to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.


Spanish officials have caused confusion over their rules for UK visitors.

The Spanish Government said on Monday 15 June that UK visitors would not have to quarantine on arrival from Sunday 21 June.

However, Spain's foreign affairs minister has suggested that the country may impose a two-week quarantine on Britons, if the UK keeps its own 14-day quarantine rules for foreign visitors.


On Monday 15 June, Belgium opened its borders, allowing travel to and from the European Union, including travel to and from the United Kingdom.


While Bulgaria has now lifted its travel ban on UK travellers, you will still have to quarantine for 14 days.


Tourists from the UK can enter Croatia, but will need to present proof of accommodation booking or ownership of a Croatian residence at the border.

Czech Republic:

UK citizens are able to enter but only for very limited reasons, such as owning a permanent residence or a business in the country, or to visit family or study at university.

UK travellers are tested for the virus upon landing or must present a negative test within 72 hours of arrival and isolate while waiting for the result.


From 1 June, travellers without symptoms arriving from the UK will again be allowed to enter the country. UK travellers will have to self isolate for 14 days.


Iceland has been welcoming UK travellers since Monday 15 June.


Since Tuesday 16 June, travelLers from Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the UK can enter but will have to take a test or quarantine for two weeks. However ski resorts are not currently open.

What do I do if I want to cancel my upcoming foreign holiday?

Official government advice says that British nationals should not take any non-essential foreign travel.

If you chose to adhere to these rules and wish to cancel your upcoming booking, but the travel company you booked with lets the holiday go ahead, you may not be entitled to a refund.

This leaves people with the decision to accept the lost cost of their holiday, or to ignore the government’s advice and self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.

However it's worth noting that travellers who chose to ignore the government’s advice will invalidate their travel insurance.

Meanwhile, if your upcoming package holiday or flights have been cancelled due to coronavirus you are entitled to a full cash refund.

However, you can also choose to accept vouchers to rebook your trip, which is an alternative being offered to customers by travel companies.

Although you should keep in mind that if you accept a voucher from a travel company, which later permanently closes, you may not be able to use the vouchers and you will effectively lose the cost of the trip.

If you are offered a voucher or a free rebooking, you are fully entitled to reject this and ask for a cash refund.

Can I go on holiday in the UK?

Not at the moment. However this may change by the beginning of July.

The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced that he is hoping to restart the tourism industry "as long as it is safe to do so", with the "ambitious target" of 4 July.

Speaking to the House of Commons Mr Dowden said "Self-contained accommodation has a lower risk than other areas," adding "I would hope that that will be at the front of the queue."

Meanwhile hotels in Northern Ireland will be allowed to reopen from Monday 20 July.

Although the UK’s lockdown restrictions are slowly being eased, with leisure facilities such as shops, zoos and animal parks reopening on 15 June, the tourist industry is still not yet allowed to reopen.

And while you can visit seaside and beauty spots around the UK, this is only possible for a day trip, rather than an overnight holiday.

Government advice says businesses in England that supply holiday accommodation - such as hotels, short-term lets, campsites, and caravan parks - must remain closed for leisure-related trips and that no one should be staying away from their own home overnight for a holiday.

Additionally residents of England are not yet allowed to travel for recreation into Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

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