Celebriety: Kristin Davis

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i knew Kristin Davis from “Sex in the City”, that one show i never watched unless the girl i was with wanted to. i didn’t know, until recently, that Kristin Davis was sober.

What makes her story interesting compared to many other people, was that she had a ‘high bottom‘. She stopped drinking at 22 because she knew she had a drinking problem and saved herself the trouble of screwing herself over repeatedly (like i did!). Here are some directions from a lovely woman who may have a different path than mine, but is on the same journey.

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What it was like

To the outside world, I was a good girl. But I drank a lot, which was rebellious because my parents didn’t drink at all. In the South, pretty much everybody drinks. There was always lots of alcohol, lots of access to alcohol, people sitting around every night with a Mint Julep, or whatever.

Alcoholism is a genetically predisposed disease and it does run in my family. I also think I felt like a misfit. I was in the South, everybody was blonde. I just didn’t feel like I fitted in. It was sort of my way of fitting.

Alcohol freed me. I was really shy and I didn’t know how to come out of my shell. I drank for the same reason I loved acting. I wanted to feel things and express myself and be free. And I’m not naturally that way.

At high school, it was just crazy. We’d all be behind the gym drinking, about 20 people passing around bourbon or whatever.

I could often be found getting pissed on bourbon behind the school gym with boys.

I’m shy and it helped me overcome that. After a while I just got used to being drunk.

It was a problem waiting to happen as far as I was concerned.

This is going to sound strange, but I really didn’t think I would pass 30. I drank a lot when I was a teenager and I don’t drink any more, because that’s when I thought, you know, I’m gonna end up a car wreck. I just had a fatalistic view of the whole situation at that point.

I consider myself to be an alcoholic. My drinking became a very real addiction that needed to be dealt with.

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What happened

My twenties were the worst time of my life. There is nothing on the planet that would make me go back there. I was trying to stop drinking, not an easy thing to do.

What made me stop? I realized it was not going to end well.

Oh, nothing that bad [happened]. I just realized that drinking was counterproductive to what I was trying to do. Acting is very difficult in weird ways. You’d have to get to class by 8am, work all day, rehearse all night, and it’s not really good to do when you’re hung over.

I’d wanted to be an actress my whole life, that was my goal, that was all I cared about. Something had to go, so I chose drinking to go.

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What it’s like now

I believe [alcoholism] is a disease. I don’t think you can mess with it. There was a time when people who didn’t know me well would say, “Couldn’t you just have one glass of champagne?” And I would say, “No.”

It [My sobriety] has caused a lot of confusion out in the world. I get sent many a Cosmo! I never drink them.

Sometimes it would be nice to just have some red wine with dinner, but it’s not worth the risk. I have a great life, a great situation. Why would I want to risk self-destructive behavior?

Nowadays I would say chocolate and coffee has taken over. Lattes. It’s funny because I find myself thinking, ‘I’ve got to have a latte.’ I have a limit of two.

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Kristin Davis and the Elephant in the Room

Here’s Kristin discussing sobriety with Craig Ferguson, who is also sober (in 2008).

Sources for the quotes:

My Other Celebriety Posts

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About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home. http://about.me/AlKHall

Posted on January 31, 2014, in Alcoholism, Celebriety, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Very cool! Thanks for sharing. And yet again, the circumstances may be different but the feelings are all the same!

  2. I love these! It’s been awhile so I’m glad they’re back!

    Thanks for doing this.

    Sherry

  3. I have such respect for Craig Ferguson. IMHO, I think he’s the funniest guy on TV, but besides that, he’s so damn real. And good for Kristin for having such clarity so young.

    • Hi WoD,

      Yes, she was one of the lucky ones. Some of us took a little (LOT) longer to clue in, but once i did my life improved is so many ways.

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  4. Oooh nice.. I was just thinking I hadn’t seen one of these from you in a while. Have you done Keith Urban? I love him and he was talking recovery with an American Idol auditionee the other night. xxx

  5. Love this! I knew she was “one of us,” but I didn’t have the details! Thanks, as always, for this!

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