Drew Barrymore on his sobriety: “Quitting alcohol was one of the most liberating things in my life”

Actress Drew Barrymore (Culver City, California, 47 years old) rose to fame as a child for playing Gertie, the little sister of the protagonist of the iconic Steven Spielberg film ET, the alien (1982). She was only seven years old when she became known worldwide, although it was not the first time that she appeared on screen. Many movies and series later, Barrymore speaks again about his problems with alcohol in the latest issue of his magazine, Drew, which has been published since August 2021 and in which beauty, love, travel and food articles are published and where there is also room for your most intimate secrets.

In the essay Take Care of Yourself, published in the December issue, the actress and now also a television presenter explains that giving up alcohol “was one of the most liberating things” in her life. The protagonist of Santa Clarita Diet (2016) explains in the text how important self-care is: “Perhaps our definition of love changes throughout our lives. But I really think that love is often transmitted outwardly for fear of appearing selfish and focusing on ourselves. Some ideas with which he encourages his readers and followers to always put themselves first. “One of the bravest things you can do is kill those dragons and change a horrible cycle you’ve been stuck in. In my case, it was to stop drinking, ”she underlines in the publication.

This isn’t the first time Barrymore has spoken out about her addiction issues. Since she was little she lived a hard childhood: her career as an actress was linked to drug and alcohol addiction. In the past, she has said that at the age of seven she used to drink ice cream with a splash of Baileys liquor; at nine, she shared drinks with the Hollywood stars of the day; at 10, she smoked her first joint and at 12 she was using cocaine regularly. At 13, her mother committed her against her will to a psychiatric facility after attempting suicide. A childhood and adolescence that would mark the rest of her life, but from which she has managed to get the positive side to learn from her mistakes.

In an interview for CBS in 2021, the businesswoman confessed her addiction to alcohol in the past: “I am going to say something for the first time: I have not drunk alcohol in two and a half years. I realized that it was of no use to me or to my life.” In addition, she added that she was improving every day: “I am working on a good path so that there is peace where there were demons before.” A year after speaking openly on the subject, she has again highlighted in her magazine that quitting drinking allowed her to “finally be free from torture, guilt and dysfunction”.

This journey of self-care and awareness has reopened the possibility of finding a new love: “I can’t wait to meet that calm person with whom she can be happy. But I haven’t found her yet, I think she’s out there.” At 47, the actress has been married three times – at just 25 she already had two divorces – and has two daughters, Olive, 10, and Frankie, 8, the fruit of her last relationship with the actor. Will Kopelman.

After all the potholes that life has put in front of her, she did not become a broken toy of the industry and she learned to channel fame and success, to guide her steps always on the right path. Her addictions and anecdotes with drugs and alcohol are already part of her past. Now, Drew Barrymore is living his best moment with his family, his career in film and television and with his magazine.

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