Tom Holland Opens Up About Alcohol Dependancy
Warning: This text comprises dialogue of alcohol abuse.
Tom Holland is opening up about how his wellbeing has shifted since he give up consuming alcohol.
Now, sitting down on the On Function with Jay Shetty podcast this week, Tom has opened up additional about how he determined to get sober after realizing that he was “definitely addicted to alcohol.”
Clarifying that he gave up consuming a few yr and a half in the past, Tom famous that it was the toughest factor he ever did.
“I didn’t one day wake up and say, ‘I’m giving up drinking.’ I just — like many Brits — had had a very, very boozy December. Christmas time, I was on vacation, I was drinking a lot,” he mentioned.
“I decided to just give up for January… and all I could think about was having a drink. It was all I could think about,” he shared. “I was waking up thinking about it, I was checking the clock… and it just really scared me.”
“I just was like, Wow, maybe I have a little bit of an alcohol thing. So I sort of decided to punish myself and say, ‘I’ll do February as well. I’ll do two months off. If I can do two months off, then I can prove to myself that I don’t have a problem,’” he continued, earlier than including that after these two months had been over, he was “still really struggling.”
Occurring to debate how quitting consuming initially impacted his social life, Tom admitted that he felt as if he couldn’t “enjoy” himself at “work events” or social gatherings till he’d had a “few beers.”
“I felt like I couldn’t be social,” he mentioned. “I felt like I couldn’t go to the pub and have a lime soda, [or] go out for dinner. I was really, really struggling, and started to really worry that maybe I had an alcohol problem.”
Tom went on, “I decided that I would wait until my birthday, which is June 1st. I said to myself, ‘If I can do six months without alcohol, then I can prove to myself that I don’t have a problem.’”
And by the point his birthday rolled round, Tom mentioned he was the “happiest” he’d “ever been” in his life.
“I could sleep better, I could handle problems better — things that would go wrong on set that would normally set me off, I could take in my stride,” he shared, including that he had “such better mental clarity” and felt “healthier.”
And Tom later famous that the newfound happiness he’d achieved from being sober made him query why he was so “obsessed” with the concept of consuming alcohol within the first place.
“I just sort of said to myself, ‘Why am I enslaved to this drink? Why am I so obsessed by the idea of having this drink?’” he mentioned, including that with alcohol, he would beforehand “drink and drink and drink and drink” till inevitably struggling the following morning with “a terrible headache.”
Trying again, Tom mentioned he can acknowledge that he was “definitely addicted to alcohol.” He additionally admitted that he’d beforehand felt “so much pressure” to drink closely from his rugby group, which he mentioned he’s now “distanced” himself from with a view to assist his sobriety.
“I’m happy to say it — I was definitely addicted to alcohol, not shying away from that at all,” Tom mentioned, earlier than including that he’s now “over the moon” that he determined to cease consuming.
“It’s honestly been the best thing I’ve ever done,” he mentioned. “I’m a year and a half into it now, [and drinking alcohol] doesn’t even cross my mind. I’ve found amazing replacements that I think are fantastic.”
You may hearken to Tom’s full look on Jay Shetty’s On Function podcast right here.
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