Actor Liam Neeson hits the cover of GQ Magazine and opens up about his life. One of the topics that came up was his drinking. While the 61 yr-old actor said he really only had one thing that he would drink, he said he was drinking too much after his wife died, and he decided it just wasn’t healthy.
Neeson was quoted as saying, “I was just — I was drinking too much. It started since my wife died. Pinot Noir: That’s all I drink. I was never into spirits or liquor, hard liquor. And I gave up the Guinness years ago, because it just past an age, it sticks to you, you know? So last year, I just thought — they’ve been throwing these action movies at me, and I thought, ‘Okay, let’s just change it a little bit.’ And it’s been great. I love it.”
Late last year Bradley Cooper was also on the cover of GQ and he talked about his decision to stop drinking as well. Both of these leading men commented on the benefits of their decision to stay sober and they both are also considered to be at peaks in their careers.
Many actors tend to get caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle that includes lots of parties and alcohol, and when you throw in difficult situations such as losing a loved one then it can often escalate the tendency to seek relief from substances.
Liam’s admission of his heavier drinking and subsequent cessation should serve as positive examples that people can recognize when something isn’t healthy in their life – such as substance abuse – and make changes accordingly.