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Tom Holland Opens Up About Journey to Sobriety

Photo from Tom Holland’s Instagram

Tom Holland Opens Up About Journey to Sobriety

By Movieguide® Contributor 

Tom Holland recently shared about going sober and how quitting alcohol has changed his life. 

“I didn’t wake up one say and say, ‘I’m giving up drinking,’” Holland told Jay Shetty. “I just, like many Brits, had had a very, very boozy December – Christmas time, I was on vacation. I was drinking a lot. And I’ve always been able to drink a lot. I think I get my genes from my mom’s side in that I can drink. And I decided to just give it up for January.” 

While going dry for the first month of the year, he started to get concerned about his reaction to going without alcohol. 

“All I could think about was having a drink,” he said. “I was waking up and thinking about it. I was checking the clock, ‘When’s it 12?’ And it just really scared me. I just thought, well, maybe I have a little bit of an alcohol thing.” 

Holland decided he would extend his challenge through February and see if he could ease some of his concerns. 

“If I can do two months off, then I can prove to myself that I don’t have a problem,” he recalled telling himself. “Two months go by, and I was still really struggling. I felt like I couldn’t be social. I felt like I couldn’t go to the pub and have a lime soda. I couldn’t go out for dinner. I was really, really struggling. And I started to really worry that maybe I had an alcohol problem.” 

To address the issue, Holland committed himself to staying sober until his birthday on June 1st.  

“I said to myself, if I can do six months without alcohol, then I can prove to myself that I don’t have a problem,” he said. “And by the time I had got to June 1st, 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,” he continued. “I had so much better mental clarity. I felt healthier, I felt fitter.” 

Holland/s mental health had taken a toll during the filming of his Apple TV+ show THE CROWDED ROOM in which he portrays a troubled young man. The show caused him to rethink his views on mental health, which no doubt made him more aware of the changes that occurred from going sober. 

It is encouraging to see celebrities talk about moral issues such as sobriety. Their widespread influence, especially among teens and young adults can encourage them to make better moral decisions as well. 

Movieguide® previously reported on Holland: 

SPIDER-MAN star Tom Holland recently took a break from social media to focus on his mental health.  

The actor took to Instagram to post a video explaining his absence from social media platforms, saying that they are “detrimental” to his mental health and that he “spirals” after reading unkind comments about himself online.  

“I have taken a break from social media for my mental health because I find Instagram and Twitter to be overstimulating, to be overwhelming, ”Holland explained. “I get caught up and I spiral when I read things about me online and ultimately it’s very detrimental to my mental state. So, I decided to take a step back and delete the app.” 

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