When the topic of drug addiction and detox programs comes up, many people neglect to think of the most widely abused drug in the world: alcohol.

Because it is such a common and largely socially acceptable substance, alcoholism often goes unnoticed and untreated. When this occurs, it rarely if ever means anything good for the addicted person; in the case of the following celebrities, it meant a tragic end to their lives.

Often, celebrities seem to get a “pass” when it comes to substance abuse, but no matter who you are or how much money you have, alcohol can be deadly.

*We chose celebrities whose deaths were directly caused by alcohol, and not by a combination of drugs.

  • John Bonham (Drummer, Led Zeppelin)

    While rockstars are notorious for substance abuse, Led Zeppelin took it to new highs (and lows) in the 1970s. After a string of outrageous behavior that landed Bonham and his bandmates in legal trouble, John Bonham was found dead of an alcohol overdose at the age of 32. This, in turn, ended the reign of one of the world’s most talented and famous bands.

  • Truman Capote (Author, Essayist)

    According to friends of the late Truman Capote, the famous author of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood”, Capote’s addiction had such control of him that he even mixed alcohol in with his food towards the end of his life. It’s also no coincidence that he never finished another full-length novel after “In Cold Blood”; this was when his drinking turned from a social activity into a lifestyle.

  • George Best (Athlete)

    British soccer legend George Best drank heavily for years, and it gradually caused more and more health complications, as his physique and appearance gradually transformed him from a matinee idol to a shell of his former self.

  • Amy Winehouse (Pop Singer)

    Perhaps it’s not too surprising that a singer who was famous for writing a song about being unwilling to go to rehab died tragically from alcohol poisoning, but it was still an untimely end for a bright musical talent.

Knowing When to Seek Help

This was a tragic article to write, especially when one considers the countless hours of amazing art that could have been produce had these celebrities overcome their addiction to alcohol. However, if there’s a ray of hope in the darkness, it’s that you or your loved one still has a chance to succeed where these celebrities did not.

Although rehab and detox programs unfortunately still carry a certain stigma in today’s society, it can be an important step in the road to overcoming addiction. If you or a loved one’s life has been affected negatively by drugs or alcohol, it’s important not to wait. Seeking drug or alcohol rehabilitation through a detox program could be a decision that will lead to a positive change and a happier, healthier life. Detox of South Florida is committed to helping you live the life that you want.

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