Dave Coulier Credits Sobriety For Helping Him Handle Grief
By Movieguide® Contributor
FULL HOUSE star Dave Coulier credited sobriety for helping him deal with his grief in the aftermath of his friend and co-star Bob Saget’s death, as well as the earlier deaths of his brother and father.
“I definitely went through the sorrow hat trick, so to speak,” he shared. “My brother took his own life, and he was actually the funniest person I’ve ever known. My brother, Dan. I was the one who found him at my dad’s house down in the basement. A part of me died that day as well, because I really loved my brother.
“I made jokes to my friends and family and the line was, ‘Boy, I sure picked the wrong time in my life to stop drinking,’” Coulier continued. “And people would laugh at that knowing I was sober. And then my father passed away a couple of months ago, and I got to say all of the things that a son could say to his father about how proud I was.”
In March of this year, the actor announced that he was two years sober.
“I thought to myself after those three lives were gone, I would’ve never been able to feel all of that if I was drinking, and it was really important to me to just feel that sorrow,” he explained. “There was nothing masking that, there were no layers that were covering that up. I thought to myself, ‘This is what I should be doing. I should be feeling this pain. I should be feeling this incredible love for these people.’”
“With alcohol, I was covering all that up,” he continued. “It was a real stark reminder to me that alcohol has been stealing all of those moments in my life for a long, long time.”
Movieguide® previously reported on Coulier’s sobriety journey:
Actor and comedian Dave Coulier, known for classic sitcom FULL HOUSE and its reboot FULLER HOUSE, recently celebrated more than two years of sobriety.
In a post on Instagram, Coulier shared a picture of his face, cut and bruised after falling due to drunkenness.
“I was a drunk. Yes. An alcoholic. I’ve been alcohol free since January 1, 2020,” he shared. “When I drank, I was the life of the party. I could make people laugh until they fell down. In this picture I was the one who fell down. Not because I was playing hockey or doing the things I love – like chopping wood or doing construction, golfing, fishing or flying airplanes. I was hammered and fell, going up some stairs made of stone.
“No one loved having ‘beers with the boys’ after playing hockey or a round of golf more than me. I was always the ‘final final’ guy in the room. The 8 hours of drinking, laughter and funny stupidity was followed by two days of feeling like a bowl of dog mess,” he continued. “I loved booze, but it didn’t love me back.”
Coulier credited the support of his wife, Melissa, and other friends for his journey to sobriety.
“I decided to make a decision for my own well-being, my family and for those around me who I love so dearly,” he said. “The mental and physical withdrawal were big challenges for me, but I was supported by @melissacoulier and friends who had already made the journey. The psychological and physical transformation has been amazing. The sky is more blue, my heart is no longer closed, and I enjoy making people laugh until they fall down more than ever before. Thank you, Melissa, for being by my side. I love you.”