Famous Alcoholics You Never Knew About.

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.

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 1 Elton John

Elton John.
38
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pinner, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 2 Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix.
16
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Juan
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 3 Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson.
29
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: June 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 4 Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze.
9
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: September 14, 2009
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 5 Amy Jade Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse.
29
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enfield, London, England
Died: July 23, 2011

 6 Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson.
7
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 7 Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore.
17
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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 8 Tim Allen

Tim Allen.
7
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 9 Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins.
14
Birthdate: December 31, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 10 Billy Joel

Billy Joel.
6
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 11 Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne.
19
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aston, Birmingham, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 12 Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman.
8
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fairport, New York, United States
Died: February 2, 2014
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 13 Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen.
9
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: January 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nijmegen
Died: October 6, 2020
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 14 Keith Urban

Keith Urban.
9
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Whangarei, New Zealand
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 15 Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan.
7
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: October 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: August 27, 1990
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 16 Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth.
3
Birthdate: October 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: May 14, 1987

 17 Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson.
8
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 18 Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson.
6
Famous As: Journalist and Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville
Died: February 20, 2005
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 19 Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen.
20
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 20 Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens.
3
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 21 Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler.
6
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 22 Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 23 Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum.
5
Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: August 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bridgeport
Died: July 1, 1997
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 24 Truman Capote

Truman Capote.
3
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: August 25, 1984
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 25 Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock.
3
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cody
Died: August 11, 1956

 26 Kate Moss

Kate Moss.
3
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Supermodel
Birthdate: January 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Croydon
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 27 Keith Moon

Keith Moon.
4
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: August 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wembley, England
Died: September 7, 1978

 28 Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell.
13
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: May 18, 2017
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 29 Jack London

Jack London.
2
Famous As: Novelist & Journalist
Birthdate: January 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: November 22, 1916

 30 Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood.
3
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician & Songwriter
Birthdate: June 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hillingdon, Middlesex, England
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 31 Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams.
0
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American playwright
Birthdate: March 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi, United States
Died: February 25, 1983

 32 Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman.
5
Famous As: Actor & Singer
Birthdate: July 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 33 Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield
5
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Artist, Cleric
Birthdate: April 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Hampstead, London,England
Died: March 2, 1999
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 34 Dennis Wilson

Dennis Wilson
1
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Record producer, Singer, Drummer, Surfer, Composer
Birthdate: December 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inglewood
Died: December 28, 1983
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 35 Samuel Burl Kinison

Samuel Burl  Kinison
1
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yakima, Washington, United States
Died: April 10, 1992
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 36 John Coltrane

John Coltrane.
0
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Saxophonist, Composer
Birthdate: September 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamlet
Died: July 17, 1967
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 37 Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas.
3
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet & Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Swansea
Died: November 9, 1953

 38 Montgomery Clift

Montgomery Clift.
1
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Died: July 23, 1966

 39 Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis.
5
Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: June 3, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: The Bronx
Died: September 29, 2010
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 40 Sean Young

Sean Young.
3
Famous As: American actress
Birthdate: November 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 41 Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo.
0
Famous As: American actress
Birthdate: September 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newton, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 42 Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker.
1
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Jazz saxophonist, composer
Birthdate: August 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City
Died: March 12, 1955

 43 Alexander Godunov

Alexander Godunov.
0
Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: November 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sakhalin, Russia
Died: May 18, 1995
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 44 Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Winters.
1
Famous As: Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, U.S
Died: April 11, 2013

 45 Jesse Metcalfe

Jesse Metcalfe
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Carmel Valley, California, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 46 Corey Haim

Corey Haim.
10
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: March 10, 2010
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 47 Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith.
4
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chattanooga
Died: September 26, 1937
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 48 Paul Lynde

Paul Lynde.
0
Birthdate: June 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Ohio, U.S.
Died: January 10, 1982

 49 Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan.
0
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: British-Irish musician
Birthdate: December 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Royal Tunbridge Wells
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 50 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 24, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albi
Died: September 9, 1901