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.
Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix
28 October 1974, Puerto Rican, American
 
Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947, British
Singer

Mike TysonMike Tyson
30 June 1966, American
Boxer

Ozzy OsbourneOzzy Osbourne
03 December 1948, British
 

Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze
18 August 1952, American
Actor

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
03 September 1965, American
Actor
Rob LoweRob Lowe
17 March 1964, American
Actor

Drew BarrymoreDrew Barrymore
22 February 1975, American
Actress

Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins
31 December 1937, British, American, Welsh
 
Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
21 December 1948, American
Actor

Gerard ButlerGerard Butler
13 November 1969, British, Scottish
Actor
Tim AllenTim Allen
13 June 1953, American
Actor, Comedian

Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman
23 July 1967, American
Actor, Director & Producer

Don ImusDon Imus
23 July 1940, American
Radio Talk Show Host

Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
musician

Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
Singer-songwriter
Kris KritoffersonKris Kristofferson
22 June 1936, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor

Richard HarrisRichard Harris
01 October 1930, Irish
Actor, Singer-Songwriter, Producer, Director

Shane MacGowanShane MacGowan
25 December 1957, British
British-Irish musician

Tony CurtisTony Curtis
03 June 1925, American
Film actor
Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948, British
Singer-songwriter

Corey FeldmanCorey Feldman
16 July 1971, American
Actor & Singer
Ann-MargretAnn-Margret
28 April 1941, Swedish, American
Actress

Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967, Australian, New Zealander, American
Musician

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937, American
Journalist and Author
Corey HaimCorey Haim
23 December 1971, Canadian
Actor

Rita HayworthRita Hayworth
17 October 1918, American
 
Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan
03 October 1954, American
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer

Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876, American
Author

Peter Seamus O'ToolePeter O'Toole
02 August 1932, Irish, British
Actor
Robert MitchumRobert Mitchum
06 August 1917, American
Film actor

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Ronnie WoodRonnie Wood
01 June 1947, British
Musician & Songwriter
Sean YoungSean Young
20 November 1959, American
American actress

Kate MossKate Moss
16 January 1974, British
Supermodel

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924, American
Author

Keith MoonKeith Moon
23 August 1946, British
Drummer
Jackson PollockJackson Pollock
28 January 1912, American
Painter
Janeane GarofaloJaneane Garofalo
28 September 1964, American
American actress

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
23 September 1926, American
Saxophonist, Composer

Montgomery Clift Montgomery Clift
17 October 1920, American
Actor

Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams
26 March 1911, American
American playwright
Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker
29 August 1920, American
Jazz saxophonist, composer

Paul LyndePaul Lynde
13 June 1926, American
 

Henri de Toulouse-LautrecHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
24 November 1864, French
Painter

Dylan ThomasDylan Thomas
27 October 1914, Welsh
Poet & Writer

Steve EarleSteve Earle
17 January 1955, American
Musician, Singer-songwriter
Jonathan WintersJonathan Winters
11 November 1925, American
Comedian, Actor

Bessie SmithBessie Smith
15 April 1894, American
Singer
Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis
18 August 1774, American
Explorer, Politician

Sid CaesarSid Caesar
08 September 1922, American
Comedian, Actor

Stephen FosterStephen Foster
04 July 1826, American
Composer, Lyricist
Sinclair LewisSinclair Lewis
07 February 1885, American
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
09 February 1923, Irish
Irish poet
John ClareJohn Clare
13 July 1793, British
English poet

Nick CarterNick Carter
28 January 1980, American
Musician

Richard LewisRichard Lewis
29 June 1947, American
Comedian & Actor

Tom ArnoldTom Arnold
06 March 1959, American
American actor

Amy Jade WinehouseAmy Jade Winehouse
14 September 1983, British
Singer-songwriter
Edward Lodewijk Van HalenEdward Lodewijk Van Halen
26 January 1955, Dutch, American
American-Dutch musician

Jesse MetcalfeJesse Metcalfe
09 December 1978, American
Actor

Dennis WilsonDennis Wilson
04 December 1944, American
Record producer, Singer, Drummer, Surfer, Composer

Jack OsbourneJack Osbourne
08 November 1985, British
Actor
Dusty SpringfieldDusty Springfield
16 April 1939, British
Singer, Artist, Cleric

Jack CassidyJack Cassidy
05 March 1927, American
Actor
Cherie CurrieCherie Currie
30 November 1959, American
Actor, Singer, Wood carver, Musician, Songwriter,

Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
12 April 1971, American
Actor

Charlie RichCharlie Rich
14 December 1932, American
Singer, Musician, Pianist, Soldier,
Arthur LoweArthur Lowe
22 September 1915, British
Actor

Tennessee Ernie FordTennessee Ernie Ford
13 February 1919, American
Singer, Television presenter, Actor, Songwriter
Kerry CollinsKerry Collins
30 December 1972, American
American footballer

LaTavia RobersonLaTavia Roberson
01 November 1981, American
Singer

Matt WillisMatt Willis
08 May 1983, British
Singer-Songwriter
Gail RussellGail Russell
21 September 1924, American
Actress

Mark OwenMark Owen
27 January 1972, British
Singer
Dwight GoodenDwight Gooden
16 November 1964, American
Baseball Players

James JamersonJames Jamerson
29 January 1938, American
Bass player

Bob GibsonBob Gibson
16 November 1931, American
Singer

Little WalterLittle Walter
01 May 1930, American
Guitarist, Street artist, Singer, Songwriter
Bobby BlandBobby Bland
27 January 1930, American
Singer
Coleman HawkinsColeman Hawkins
21 November 1904, American
Saxophonist, Jazz musician

Ben WebsterBen Webster
27 March 1909, American
Saxophonist, Composer, Jazz musician

Maurice UtrilloMaurice Utrillo
26 December 1883, French
Painter

Dom MoraesDom Moraes
19 July 1938, Indian
Writer
Constant LambertConstant Lambert
23 August 1905, British
Composer

Penelope GilliattPenelope Gilliatt
25 March 1932, British
Novelist

James CrumleyJames Crumley
12 October 1939, American
Author

James Clarence ManganJames Clarence Mangan
01 May 1803, Irish
Poet

José QuinteroJosé Quintero
15 October 1924, Panamanian
Theatre director
Chogyam TrungpaChogyam Trungpa
05 March 1939, Tibetan
Teacher

Nigel John TaylorNigel John Taylor
20 June 1960, British
 
Samuel Burl  KinisonSamuel Burl Kinison
08 December 1953, American
Comedian