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Celebrity, Drugs, and Alcohol

Updated on April 25, 2013

There are many explanations as to why so many famous celebrities turn to drug or alcohol use. Mainly it stems from the environment they must now live in thanks to their status as famous celebrities. Celebrities could be pushed to doing alcohol and drugs because of the stress of their day-to-day lives. They could also be pushed to such things because of peer pressure.

Celebrities go through a lot of pressure in their daily lives, being public property, stress from work, being dogged by paparazzi. They can sometimes find solace through drugs and alcohol to forget the troubles they have to go through each day. Isn't that how other parts of society try to forget the troubles of their lives, through drugs and alcohol? Celebrities are no different. Sometimes we forget, but celebrities are just like us. They're people too.

Of course, it's not just because they have to go through a lot on a day-to-day basis that makes them turn to alcohol and drugs. There is also peer pressure. Peer pressure is everywhere, even in the neighborhood and workplace of celebrities. If a group of celebrities turn to drugs and alcohol, chances are, they will try to rope in other celebrities into drugs and alcohol too.

Drugs and alcohol just come with the environment. Celebrities are bound to get roped in, especially if they spend a lot of time with other celebrities that are using drugs and alcohol. And the stress of the day won't help either, as drugs and alcohol are ways some people relax and get the stress from their system.

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    • vkwok profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor W. Kwok 

      3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for reading Rachael!

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      Rachael O'Halloran 

      3 years ago from United States

      I agree with you. I think celebrity drug use is getting worse. They are drawn to it, not only by the company they keep, but also by how easily available it is to them - just because of who they are and how much money they have at their disposal.

      I wonder if they said when they were poor starving artists: "When I hit the big time making a shitload of money, I'll be able to afford all the really good drugs I want!"

      Well, they're dying trying to cram all those really good drugs into a short period of time. Or they die of heart disease due to drug toxicity in their bodies because of drug use over a long period of time.

      We are hearing about drug-related deaths more now with the deaths of people we didn't associate with drug use, like Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Cory Monteith, Heath Ledger and even Billy Mays, the Oxi Clean and Kaboom infomercial spokesman. It's almost always a shock.

      Yet they cover it up on death certificates but writing "accidental overdose" or "cardiac arrest complicated by drug ingestion" or "heart disease possibly complicated by drug use."

      Call it what it is and stop trying to smooth it over.

      Today's upcoming stars are not taking these deaths seriously because they say - "Oh he didn't mean it. It was an accidental overdose."

      So, he didn't mean to take the drugs in that high of a dose? That's ridiculous.

      Death certificates should say - "Cause of Death: drug overdose" and be truthful.

      Send a message to those who say - or believe - that it was an accident.

    • vkwok profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor W. Kwok 

      4 years ago from Hawaii

      I totally agree, Polly.

    • vkwok profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor W. Kwok 

      4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for reading Troyangeluk.

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      Troyangeluk 

      4 years ago from UK

      With great power comes great responsibility. Many celebirites that fall to drugs and alcohol are boarderline retarded, talentless fakes, the fame slips and they crumble, hence why they allow themselves to reach such a state with substances. Although I do feel for the select few who just do it because the lifestyle becomes too much and theres no way out, probably around 1%.

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      Pollyannalana 

      4 years ago from US

      By now you would think they would have seen so many stars mess up they would be forewarned. Probably a thing of saying just a little or just this time and wham it has them.

    • vkwok profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor W. Kwok 

      4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks.

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      Ben Blackwell 

      4 years ago

      This is pretty interesting, and you're definitely right: it does come with the environment.

    • vkwok profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor W. Kwok 

      4 years ago from Hawaii

      It's just as sad that there are so many normal people who become victims of drugs and alcohol too.

    • JPSO138 profile image

      JPSO138 

      4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      It is really sad to note that many celebrities become victims of drugs and alcohol.

    • vkwok profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor W. Kwok 

      5 years ago from Hawaii

      You're welcome

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      loveofnight 

      6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I agree with you in that too many fall into the trap of drugs and alcohol believing that they will find some relief that never comes.....thx 4 share

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