Thursday, September 21, 2023

Tom Holland World’s Most Enthusiastic Permanent Designated Driver

Holland resolved to extend his period of sobriety, but found it hard to do so in England, where he said he found socialising and alcohol were significantly intertwined.

By the time I got to June 1, I was the happiest I’ve ever been in my life, he recalled. 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. I had so much better mental clarity. I felt healthier, I felt fitter.

The Crowded Room star then challenged himself to last until his birthday. If I can do six months without alcohol, then I can prove to myself that I don’t have a problem, he recalled thinking.

Appearing on the On Purpose with Jay Shetty podcast, Holland said he decided to quit drinking after doing dry January following a “a very, very boozy” Christmas. During dry January, Holland said his thoughts were preoccupied with drinking alcohol.

I love being the designated driver,” he gushed in the episode, posted Monday. I love being that person that makes sure that everyone gets home. I like being a dependable person.

The star decided to do Dry January earlier this year but was scared to learn that all I could think about was having a drink. I just was like, ‘Wow, maybe I have a little bit of an alcohol thing, he said.

By the actor’s 27th birthday on 1 June, he had gone for six months without drinking and said he was the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. He found benefits included improved sleep and ability to handle everyday obstacles.

The Spider-Man star concluded that a lot of his draw to alcohol was to feel more comfortable in a social environment. I would look back and recognize that I would go to events for work, and I can’t enjoy myself until I’ve had a few beers, and I just felt so much pressure,” he said. Similarly, he felt like he couldn’t’ refrain from having a drink while out with friends or watching rugby games in public settings.