Hear the term ‘death caused by alcoholism’ and an onslaught of big names rush to mind who were once in their peak of careers but had to lose it all to alcoholism. Alcoholism is termed as the illness where the alcoholic has developed a distinct desire and affinity toward consuming alcohol beyond their capacity to control it. Not only does an alcoholic develop an enormous craving for alcohol, they often yield to the craving at the worst possible times. Some of the symptoms that most alcoholics show are drinking alone, blacking out, nauseous and profusely sweating when not being able to drink. Though many claim that alcohol isn’t holding the reins of their life but alcoholism is a gradual process which could take months or years to turn into a problem. Deaths by alcohol overdose makes up to almost 4% of all deaths worldwide. Things go downhill when alcoholism damages the liver, causing terrible complications that lead to fatal deaths. The Hollywood industry isn’t void of alcoholism either. Many singers and actors have unfortunately bid farewell to their career and life by surrendering to alcoholism. Some of the personalities have made it to the spotlight for their overt drinking problem resulting in either arrest or other violations. Celebs like Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Stephen Tyler, Mel Gibson have all admitted to the fact that alcohol has been ruling their lives. Though there are many who have succumbed to it and many who are still caught up in this deadly habit, alcoholism still remains to be one of the main reasons for a downfall in careers and lives. Keep reading and you might be surprised to know more about these famous people who struggled with alcoholism.
Jeffrey DahmerJeffrey Dahmer
(Serial Killer, Sex Offender)

21 May 1960

American

Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze
(Actor)

18 August 1952

American

Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix

28 October 1974

American

Mike TysonMike Tyson
(Boxer)

30 June 1966

American

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
(Actor)

03 September 1965

American

Elton JohnElton John
(Singer)

25 March 1947

British

Drew BarrymoreDrew Barrymore
(Actress, Producer)

22 February 1975

American

Ozzy OsbourneOzzy Osbourne

03 December 1948

British

Kris KritoffersonKris Kristofferson
(Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor)

22 June 1936

American

Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
(Actor)

21 December 1948

American

Chris CornellChris Cornell
(Musician)

20 July 1964

American

Rob LoweRob Lowe

17 March 1964

American

Tim AllenTim Allen
(Actor, Comedian)

13 June 1953

American

Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman
(Actor, Director & Producer)

23 July 1967

American

Billy JoelBilly Joel

09 May 1949

American

Rita HayworthRita Hayworth

17 October 1918

American

Tony CurtisTony Curtis
(Film actor)

03 June 1925

American

Keith UrbanKeith Urban
(Musician)

26 October 1967

Australian,New Zealander,American

Richard HarrisRichard Harris
(Actor, Singer-Songwriter, Producer, Director)

01 October 1930

Irish

Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins

31 December 1937

British,American,Welsh

Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer)

03 October 1954

American

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
(Journalist and Author)

18 July 1937

American

Corey FeldmanCorey Feldman
(Actor & Singer)

16 July 1971

American

Corey HaimCorey Haim
(Actor)

23 December 1971

Canadian

Cat StevensCat Stevens
(Singer-songwriter)

21 July 1948

British

Ann-MargretAnn-Margret
(Actress)

28 April 1941

Swedish,American

Sean YoungSean Young
(American actress)

20 November 1959

American

Kate MossKate Moss
(Supermodel)

16 January 1974

British

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
(Author)

30 September 1924

American

Jackson PollockJackson Pollock
(Painter)

28 January 1912

American

Keith MoonKeith Moon
(Drummer)

23 August 1946

British

Peter Seamus O'ToolePeter O'Toole
(Actor)

02 August 1932

Irish,British

Robert MitchumRobert Mitchum
(Film actor)

06 August 1917

American

Montgomery Clift Montgomery Clift
(Actor)

17 October 1920

American

Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood
(Musician & Songwriter)

01 June 1947

British

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
(Jazz saxophonist and composer)

23 September 1926

American

Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams
(American playwright)

26 March 1911

American

Janeane GarofaloJaneane Garofalo
(American actress)

28 September 1964

American

Jack LondonJack London
(Author)

12 January 1876

American

Henri de Toulouse-LautrecHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
(Painter)

24 November 1864

French

Paul LyndePaul Lynde

13 June 1926

American

Jonathan WintersJonathan Winters
(Comedian, Actor)

11 November 1925

American

Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker
(Jazz saxophonist, composer)

29 August 1920

American

Dylan ThomasDylan Thomas
(Poet & Writer)

27 October 1914

Welsh

Steve EarleSteve Earle
(Musician, Singer-songwriter)

17 January 1955

American

Shane MacGowanShane MacGowan
(British-Irish musician)

25 December 1957

British

Bessie SmithBessie Smith
(Singer)

15 April 1894

American

Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis
(Explorer, Politician)

18 August 1774

American

Don ImusDon Imus
(Radio Talk Show Host)

23 July 1940

American

Sid CaesarSid Caesar
(Comedian, Actor)

08 September 1922

American

Sinclair LewisSinclair Lewis
(Nobel Prize Winner in Literature)

07 February 1885

American

Stephen FosterStephen Foster
(Composer, Lyricist)

04 July 1826

American

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
(Irish poet)

09 February 1923

Irish

John ClareJohn Clare
(English poet)

13 July 1793

British

Amy Jade WinehouseAmy Jade Winehouse
(Singer-songwriter)

14 September 1983

British

Nick CarterNick Carter
(American singer-songwriter)

28 January 1980

American

Tom ArnoldTom Arnold
(American actor)

06 March 1959

American

Richard LewisRichard Lewis
(Comedian & Actor)

29 June 1947

American

Edward Lodewijk Van HalenEdward Lodewijk Van Halen
(American-Dutch musician)

26 January 1955

Dutch,American

Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Jazz musician, Singer, Jazz guitarist)

14 September 1983

British

Dusty SpringfieldDusty Springfield
(Singer, Artist, Cleric)

16 April 1939

British

Dennis WilsonDennis Wilson
(Record producer, Singer, Drummer, Surfer, Composer)

04 December 1944

American

Jack OsbourneJack Osbourne
(Actor)

08 November 1985

British

Robert GouletRobert Goulet
(Singer, Musicologist, Stage actor, Film actor)

26 November 1933

American

Cherie CurrieCherie Currie
(Actor, Singer, Wood carver, Musician, Songwriter, Artist, Film producer, Television actor)

30 November 1959

American

Tennessee Ernie FordTennessee Ernie Ford
(Singer, Television presenter, Actor, Songwriter)

13 February 1919

American

Charlie RichCharlie Rich
(Singer, Musician, Pianist, Soldier, Singer-songwriter)

14 December 1932

American

Bobby BlandBobby Bland
(Singer)

27 January 1930

American

Little WalterLittle Walter
(Guitarist, Street artist, Singer, Songwriter)

01 May 1930

American

Coleman HawkinsColeman Hawkins
(Saxophonist, Jazz musician)

21 November 1904

American

Ben WebsterBen Webster
(Saxophonist, Composer, Jazz musician)

27 March 1909

American

Maurice UtrilloMaurice Utrillo
(Painter)

26 December 1883

French

Nigel John TaylorNigel John Taylor

20 June 1960

British

Samuel Burl  KinisonSamuel Burl Kinison

08 December 1953

American