Drew Barrymore: ‘I became an alcoholic after being single’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Charlie’s Angels star said alcohol “just totally changed how I worked” Drew Barrymore is opening up about her long-term battle with alcoholism. The 49-year-old said she fell…

Drew Barrymore: 'I became an alcoholic after being single'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Charlie’s Angels star said alcohol “just totally changed how I worked”

Drew Barrymore is opening up about her long-term battle with alcoholism.

The 49-year-old said she fell into alcoholism after becoming single in the early 2000s.

“I was never an alcoholic like my mother. I was sober for 18 years and alcoholism did not serve me,” Barrymore told Marie Claire in an interview.

“Without getting very scientific, this scientific thing called evolution tells me alcohol is really stupid because it doesn’t work in the brain.”

The Oscar-nominated actress said she suffered with depression since the age of 13 and described it as the “most disturbing” and “incredibly destructive” emotion that could send someone to help.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The actress, who has four children with husband Will Kopelman, said she later turned to cannabis to help reduce anxiety

Barrymore also told the magazine she relied on vodka and antidepressants to treat her issues.

She noted that while going to rehab, she was “starving for anonymity”.

The Charlie’s Angels star said she eventually “adopted three smaller hopes and desires”: becoming a mother, spending time with her family and pursuing acting.

“When you get in an addictive cycle, there’s an opportunity cost,” she said.

She added that she still prefers rum and coke, saying: “I’ll definitely stick with just the truth.”

Barrymore revealed that she turned to cannabis, which she said “came so naturally”, to help alleviate anxiety following the birth of her fourth child in 2014.

The actress, who married art consultant Will Kopelman in 2016, said her niece introduced her to the plant.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Drew Barrymore first shot to fame as a child in hit romantic drama E.T.

She added that her support of its medicinal use meant she was the “same person” she was when sober.

Barrymore and her husband “used it and then it was like, ‘No, it’s right here’. It is so natural. You feel it too,” she said.

“It’s why I stop smoking, because I’m surrounded by people who are so anti-smoking, saying, ‘Go get up, there’s no science supporting it.”

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