Kristin Davis is most well-known for her role Charlotte in the hit HBO series “Sex and the City”. As a global ambassador for Oxfam International, she has worked tirelessly fighting for better lives for women and children in need. Kristin was once a woman in a desperate situation, she struggled with alcoholism for years and fought hard to find a way out.
“I’m a recovering alcoholic,” said Davis, 43. “I’ve never hid it, but I’ve been sober the whole time I’ve been famous, so it wasn’t like I had to go to rehab publicly.” It’s caused a lot of confusion out in the world. I get sent many a Cosmo! I never drink them. I believe [alcoholism] is a disease. I don’t think you can mess with it. There was a time when people who didn’t know me well would say, ‘Couldn’t you just have one glass of champagne?’ And I would say, ‘No.’ I’m doing well. I still have occasional bad days. Why risk it?”
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Kristin Davis grew up in South Carolina right on the Bible belt. Her Mom was a university data analyst. Her Dad was a professor of psychology. Kristin had three step-sisters on her Dad’s side from his first marriage. She visited them every summer, but she states that her childhood felt more like “an only child” like existence. “I have always been fine alone, which suits my current life. I’m alone a lot, working, travelling, doing a lot of things alone because I have to.” For a short time as a teenager, she wanted to be an upper-class young woman. Her liberal parents rejected expensive clothing items and private education due to some of their beliefs.
“In the South, a lot of the private schools are based on possibly, not the right theories.” She states that segregation was part of her schooling. ‘Yeah. There was no way my parents were going to support that and I agreed with them.’ She says that her school was a bit “wild” and that there was a lot going on. ‘To the outside world, I was a good girl. But I drank a lot, which was rebellious because my parents didn’t drink at all. In the South, pretty much everybody drinks. There was always lots of alcohol, lots of access to alcohol, people sitting around every night with a Mint Julep, or whatever.” When asked about drinking in high school she said,“ We’d all be behind the gym drinking, about 20 people passing around bourbon or whatever.” Kirstin Davis never struggled with any hard drugs like cocaine and heroin but alcohol slowly took its toll on her.
After years of drinking Kristin Davis noticed that drinking daily and waking up hungover was very counter productive to her long-term goals. “Acting is very difficult in weird ways. You’d have to get to class by 8am, work all day, rehearse all night, and it’s not really good to do when you’re hungover. I’d wanted to be an actress my whole life, that was my goal, that was all I cared about. Something had to go, so I chose drinking to go. Sometimes it would be nice to just have some red wine with dinner, but it’s not worth the risk. I have a great life, a great situation. Why would I want to risk self-destructive behavior like alcoholism? Even though I might not, I might , do you know what I’m saying? You just never know.”
Alcoholism – Not Hitting a Bottom
Not everyone who is clean and sober had to hit a bottom, some people like Kristin Davis saw that alcohol (or drugs) were causing a problem in their lives. She decided that in order to have the life she wanted she needed to put down the bottle and start working on herself. Not everyone needs to become homeless and jobless to see that what they’re doing is causing problems if you want a better life you can get one.
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