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Tom Holland Opens Up About His Sobriety

By Allyson Johnson | Celebrity | July 12, 2023 |

By Allyson Johnson | Celebrity | July 12, 2023 |


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Tom Holland has been on the press tour since his Apple TV+ series The Crowded Room debuted in June, and he’s been refreshingly honest in the process. This has been most notable in his approach to dealing with and processing the onslaught of negative reviews the series has faced along with the toll shooting the show had on him physically and mentally. Part of his frankness also deals with the topic of sobriety. In a new episode of “On Purpose with Jay Shetty,” Holland opens up about cutting out alcohol and being sober now for a year and a half.

Despite his current sobriety, he didn’t make the decision all at once. The impetus was attempting a dry January, of which he notes he grew scared when he realized how much he was struggling.

“All I could think about was having a drink … I was waking up thinking about it. I was checking the clock, when’s it 12 p.m.?”

One month grew to two, as he bargained that if he could make it until the end of February it would ensure he doesn’t have a problem. After realizing he was still struggling, he pushed the date until his birthday in June 2022.

“By the time I got to June 1, I was the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. I could sleep better. I could handle problems better, things that would go wrong on set, that would normally set me off, I could take in my stride. I had much better mental clarity. I felt healthier, I felt fitter.”

It’s an honest take, especially as he talks about how persistent the addiction can be to the point that we don’t think about how much we drink until we’re faced with how much we miss it when we don’t. This is especially true in social events where many of us — Holland included — can’t relax until there’s a drink in hand and another is already drunk. For the actor, there’s a clear line of support with his friends being a huge form of support.

“I’m really lucky that all of my friends are super supportive about it. I’ve never run into that scenario where my friends are like ‘Oh go on have a beer, you’re fine.’”

It perhaps shouldn’t be as surprising as it is, but nonetheless, with the insidious nature of Hollywood and how vices can so easily become commonplace, it’s good to hear he has the necessary backing. Holland notes that even his mom has quit drinking, though he makes sure to mention that he isn’t using his sobriety as a means to position himself as a spokesperson.

“If I can encourage someone to drink less, then that’s great. But I don’t want to start getting into the world of ‘you need to stop drinking’ because it’s not for me to say. I went on my own little journey, I’m really enjoying it.”

There’s so often an element of performance when it comes to popular actors, but Holland seems like a good egg.