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Old 01-14-2009, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Proud of all of you!

I wanted to give a huge Thank You to all of you on this website, You give advice that is true, logical and respect the fact we have drinking issues and act crazy as hell at times. You really assisted my decision making and I look forward to more posts.

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Old 01-14-2009, 08:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was on Wikipedia.com messing around and here is a long list of those who kept drinking away from living life, recovery....

List of well-known teetotalers

[edit] A to E
Dick Advocaat, Dutch football coach[1]
Tony Adams, former Arsenal captain and England International. Now manager of Portsmouth, [2]
Muhammad Ali, activist, athlete, boxer, former World Heavyweight Champion, Gold Medal Olympian [3]
Prince Andrew, member of the British royal family [4]
Adam Ant, musician, composer, actor and major pop star of the early 1980's; avoided alcohol due to his father's severe abuse of it, and the trauma it caused him. Famously lionized his views on stereotypical rock excess in his biggest American hit, "Goody Two Shoes" - "don't drink, don't smoke/what do you do?"
Susan B. Anthony, American women's suffrage leader
John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General [5]
Isaac Asimov, American author and chemist [6]
Barbara Bach, American actress [7]
Ted Baillieu, Australian politician [8]
Simon Bamberger, only Jewish person elected Governor of Utah [9]
Joseph Cyril Bamford, founder of the JCB company [10]
Albert Barnes, American Presbyterian minister and Bible commentator [11]
Captain Robert Abram Bartlett, captain of ill-fated ship Karluk [12]
David Beckham, English international footballer [13]
Tony Benn, British socialist politician [14]
Hilary Benn, British politician [15]
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the Hare Krishnas [16]
Joe Biden, United States Senator from Delaware and Vice President-elect of the United States, states abstinence from alcohol due to family history of alcoholism. [17]
John and Annie Bidwell, founders of Chico, California, prohibitionists [18]
Hugh Bourne, joint founder of Primitive Methodism [19]
David Bowie, English musician [20]
Frankie Boyle, Scottish comedian [21]
Don Bradman, Australian cricketer [22]
Russell Brand, English comedian [23]
Ian Brown, English singer [24]
Phil Brooks, American professional wrestler, known as "CM Punk" [25]
George N. Briggs, Governor of Massachusetts from 1844 to 1851 [26]
Warren E. Buffett, billionaire Investor [27]
George W. Bush, 43rd U.S. President, former heavy drinker, claims to have quit drinking in 1986 after determining alcohol began to "compete with his energy" [28] (but see also George W. Bush substance abuse controversy)
Naomi Campbell, British model [28]
Jim Carrey, Canadian actor [29]
Dan Castellaneta, American actor famous for being the voice of "Homer Simpson" from The Simpsons
Kim Cattrall, Canadian actress [30]
Chamillionaire (aka Hakeem Seriki), Hip-Hop Artist from Houston, TX
Johnny Chan, American poker player, winner of ten WSOP bracelets [31]
Keith Chegwin, English television presenter [32]
Djibril Cissé, French international footballer [33]
Eric Clapton, English musician [34]
John Coltrane, Jazz musician, abstained after years of drug and alcohol abuse [35]
Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian [36]
Dane Cook, American comedian [37]
Alice Cooper, Rock musician, abstinent after prolonged alcohol abuse [38]
Fearne Cotton, British TV presentor[39]
Tom Cruise, American actor [40]
Kristin Davis, American actress [41]
Eric Dolphy, jazz musician [42]
Graeme Dott, snooker player [43]
Rosie Douglas, Caribbean politician and former Prime Minister of Dominica [44]
Neal S. Dow, an early prohibitionist who was presidential candidate for the Prohibition Party in 1880 [45]
Eliza Dushku, American actress [46]
Michael Eavis, organiser of the Glastonbury Festival [47]

[edit] F to J
Lord Faulkner, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland [48]
Brett Favre, New York Jets quarterback [49]
Vincent Gallo, American filmmaker and musician [50]
George Galloway, British Member of Parliament [51]
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Indian political leader[52]
Lee Gaze, lead guitarist in Welsh alternative rock band Lostprophets [53]
A. A. Gill, British journalist and restaurant critic for The Times [54]
Richard E Grant, English actor [55]
Pat Gray, American radio talk-show host [56]
Dick Gregory, American comedian and activist [57]
Jimmy Greaves, English Footballer [58]
Sally Greene, Theatre impressario [59]
Kathy Griffin, comic [60]
Richard Harris, an Irish actor.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host on ABC's The View [61]
Davey Havok, lead singer for the band AFI and Blaqk Audio [62]
Rutherford B. Hayes,[63] 19th U.S. President, and his wife Lucy Webb Hayes [64]
James Hetfield, frontman of Metallica, after recovering from alcoholism [65]
Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress [66]
John Mann
Hinduja brothers (Srichand, Gopichand, Prakash & Ashok), Indian business family[67]
Adolf Hitler, German politician, Führer of the National Socialist Party (1921-1945) and Führer of Germany (1934-1945).[68]
Jack Hobbs, English batsman [69]
Anthony Hopkins (since 1975), Welsh actor [70]
Crazy Horse, Native American leader [71]
Barry Humphries, Australian comic actor and satirist, after recovering from alcoholism in the 70s. [72]
Ana Ivanović,Tennis player [73]
Samuel L. Jackson, American Oscar nominated actor - 15 years abstinent since rehab [74]
Thomas Stonewall Jackson, Confederate General and Presbyterian [75][76]
Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! champ and blogger (Mormon) [77]
Penn Jillette, American magician, comedian, and member of Penn and Teller [78]
Elton John, English musician [79]
Griff Rhys Jones, Welsh comedy writer and performer [80]

[edit] K to O
Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda [81]
Franz Kafka, Czech-Jewish novelist [82][83]
Abdul Kalam, former Indian President [84]
Natasha Kaplinsky, British Newsreader [85]
Peter Kay, English comedian [86]
Aga Khan IV, current Imām of the Shia Imami Ismaili [87]
Stephen King, American author [88]
Dave Keuning, guitarist for the rock band The Killers[89]
Ian Khama, President of Botswana [90]
Bruce Lee, martial arts practitioner and actor [91]
Mike Lewis, rhythm guitarist for the Welsh alternative metal band Lostprophets [53]
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President [92]
Blake LivelyAmerican Actress[93]
Kenny Lofton, Major League Baseball player [94]
Jennifer Lopez, American actress, pop/Latin, pop/R&B singer, fashion designer, and dancer [95]
H.P. Lovecraft - American Fantasy/Horror writer[96]
Rob Lowe, American actor [97]
James Russell Lowell, American poet and diplomat[98]
Ian MacKaye, musician of Fugazi and Minor Threat, founder of Dischord Records [99]
Tobey Maguire, American actor [100]
Julia Mallam, English actress [15]
Bernard Manning, English comedian [101]
Marie-Antoinette, French Queen and Austrian Archduchess [102]
Chris Martin, lead singer of the British rock band, Coldplay [103]
Michael Martin, Speaker of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom [104]
Sir Stanley Matthews, legendary English footballer [105]
Colman McCarthy, American peace activist and educator, often challenges his students to quit drinking for a semester and write about their experiences.
Malcolm McDowell, British actor, abstained since 1983 [106]
Ewan McGregor, Scottish actor [107]
Buster Merryfield, Actor, played Uncle Albert on Only Fools and Horses [108]
Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe [109]
Jim Murphy, British politician [110]
Andy Murray, British tennis player [111]
Jimmy Nail, British actor, writer and singer [112]
Carrie Nation, Notable member of the temperance movement [113]
Friedrich Nietzsche, Prussian-born, German philosopher and philologist [114]
Ross Noble, English stand-up comedian [115]
Gary Oldman, English actor [116]
Andrew McCarthy, American actor

[edit] P to T
Ian Paisley, Ulster politician [117]
Natalie Portman, American actress [118]
Prince, American musician [119]
Jade Puget, American musician of AFI [62]
Albert Pujols, Major League Baseball player [120]
Vladimir Putin, Russian President [121]
Brett Ratner, American film director [122]
Christina Ricci, American actress [123]
Terry Richardson, American photographer [124]
Anne Robinson, British game show host (The Weakest Link) [28]
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., industrialist and philanthropist [125]
Fred Rogers, American children's television host [126]
Henry Rollins, former Black Flag singer [127]
Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts (Mormon) [128]
Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German bomber pilot [129]
Robert Schiele, U.S. American accountant
Will Self, British author and journalist
Fiona Shackleton, Divorce lawyer [130]
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright [131]
Tommy Sheridan, Scottish socialist politician [132]
Sarah Silverman, American stand-up comedian, actress, and writer [133]
Gene Simmons, American rockstar of Kiss fame [134]
Frank Skinner, British commedian, who is very open about his recovery from Alcoholism.
Jada Pinkett Smith, American actress [135]
Alan Smith, English footballer [136]
John Snow, British physician [137]
Philip Snowden, British politician [138]
Dee Snider, Singer, songwriter and radio personality [139]
Hal Sparks, American actor [140]
Ringo Starr, English musician[141]
Rachel Stevens, English popstar [142]
Lucy Stone, American suffraget [143]
Tilda Swinton, British Actress [144]
Catherine Tate, British comedienne and actress [145]
Teddy Taylor, British politician [146]
Teller, American magician and member of Penn and Teller [78]
Neil Templeton, Team Worship Guitarist
Bill Tilghman, US Marshal and gunslinger who owned a saloon for financial reasons [147]
Donald Trump, entrepreneur [148]
Victor Trumper, Australian who was among the Wisden Cricketers of the Year [149]
Shania Twain, Canadian singer [150]

[edit] U to Z
Matti Vanhanen, Prime Minister of Finland [151]
Taylor Venable, Famous compiler designer
Tom Waits, American musician [152]
Rick Wakeman, English keyboardist with the progressive rock band Yes [153]
Ian Watkins, lead singer of the Welsh band Lostprophets [154]
Gerard Way, lead singer for My Chemical Romance [155]
John Wetton, English rock singer and musician, after recovering from alcoholism [156]
Jack White, songwriter and guitarist with The White Stripes [157]
Jonny Wilkinson, English rugby union player and member of the England national team [158]
Bruce Willis, American actor [28]
Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer[159]
Malcolm X, American activist/minister [160]
Michael York, British actor [28]
Frank Zappa, American musician [161]
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Very interesting! Lots of surprising names on that list to me.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow!
Some names were known to me as sober people
Some were a surpize
Some I never heard of..

Good for them and good for us!
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow BKP!

Joe Biden.. I call him Jumpin' Joe...that's nice to know..

(like the guy!)

And Steve King, my fave author..check my profile..

(what I'm currently reading..) lol

Yes, proud of you, of them, and all of us!

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so much for anonyimity...

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Old 01-15-2009, 05:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanx BKP

I just got the book "Moments if Clarity" which has stories by some famous individuals in recovery. I too was doing some related searches for recovering well known individuals.

For me, these people can be roles models, sources of inspiration and examples of creative, fun and interesting people who are C&S. This helps with all the guilt, shame and fear I experience in early recovery.

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Old 01-15-2009, 05:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow now I really don't feel so alone, that was quite a list--you did some homework--thanks. Glad I chose this family too. :ghug2
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I wanted to give a huge Thank You to all of you on this website, You give advice that is true, logical and respect the fact we have drinking issues and act crazy as hell at times. You really assisted my decision making and I look forward to more posts.

Kudos!
Because you all......
What a lovely post.....i get as much from this site as i give....if 1% of what i post helps someone....ive done what i feel and need to do..
For me i fully believe that i wont remain content and sober unless i help a new comer..
What ever way that might be.

Im just an old drunk that dont drink anymore and giving away something that has been freely given to me...and when i need advice or support i KNOW beyond any doubt that i will recieve it here............trucker
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