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Tom Holland Says He Was “Obsessed” With Drinking Before His Sobriety Journey

Tom Holland is a massive star, thanks in large part to his starring role in the Spider-Man franchise, but of course he’s also dating Zendaya, which helps his star status as well.

But the 27-year-old star isn’t your typical Hollywood actor. In fact, he hates Hollywood. He doesn’t like the fame and does his best to stay out of the spotlight. He has previously gone on record saying he’ll never attend a red carpet premiere or party he isn’t contractually obligated to attend.

Additionally, he’s not into the party scene, especially since he’s sworn off alcohol. During a recent appearance on Jay Shetty’sOn Purpose‘ podcast, Holland opened up about how he was becoming addicted to drinking.

The realization hit him back in January 2022 when he decided to participate in Dry January. But during that month, all he could think about was drinking. “That’s all I could think about,” he repeated.

I was waking up thinking about it. I was checking the clock … And it just really scared me. Maybe I have a little bit of an alcohol thing. So I sort of decided to punish myself and say, I’ll do February as well. I’ll do two months off.

After two months, he was still really struggling with it, which made him realize he did indeed have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

He then decided to continue his sobriety journey until June 1, which is his birthday. But when that date came, he had already begin noticing a positive change in his 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 so much better mental clarity. I felt healthier, I felt fitter. And I just sort of said to myself, ‘Why am I so enslaved by this drink? Why am I so obsessed by the idea of having this drink?’ I really worked to sort of change my mindset. I really asked myself, ‘Why do you drink? Why are you drinking?’ And a lot of the time my answer would be to feel more comfortable in a social environment.

He’s currently a year and half sober, and he could not be happier about it. He said he’s sharing his story to make people aware of it, but also, he doesn’t want to come off as preachy.

If I could encourage someone to drink less, that would be 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.