Ben Affleck’s Alcohol Addiction Journey And His Hollywood Comeback

“It was harder the second time because before I was just starting at the start line”

Ben Affleck’s alcohol addiction is nothing new for Hollywood. The Good Will Hunting actor has struggled with alcoholism for many years. Ben Affleck’s alcohol addiction has even threatened to destroy the actor’s marriage and career.

He has had a history of alcoholism in his family, hence, he was more prone to falling prey to this addiction. But with the actor’s routine, alcohol became a part of his life.

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How did Ben Affleck’s alcohol addiction start?

In an interview with Good Morning America, he said, “I couldn’t accept that meant that I was an alcoholic. I was like ‘I can just go back, I was fine before, you know, I just need to take a break, I just need to slow down,” he said in order to rationalize with himself. “I figured, ‘I’m okay, this isn’t me.'”

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Ben Affleck’s alcohol addiction led him to almost destroy his family. Due to the drinking he and his ex-wife Jennifer Garner were facing problems in their marriage. “I didn’t want to get divorced, I didn’t want to be a divorced person, I really didn’t want to be a split family with my children,” he revealed. “It upset me because it meant I wasn’t who I thought I was and that was so painful and so disappointing. In myself.”

Ben Affleck’s alcohol sobriety

Although, even after the divorce, Ben remained close with his children and this only helped him to get sober. He also struggled to make a way for himself in Hollywood after the whole ordeal and being from a non-acting background it was tougher for him to reinvent his career.

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“I sort of had to make it in the business twice, because I became so cold and so not cool and so out of it that I had to totally reinvent my career. And it was harder the second time because before I was just starting at the start line, but now I had to start a mile further back because people didn’t have no perception of me, but instead had a negative one fostered by a really reckless and irresponsible tabloid press that would just write things that weren’t true.”

Ben Affleck’s alcohol addiction started on the sets of Justice League

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, the actor said: “I started drinking too much around the time of Justice League, and it’s a hard thing to confront and face and deal with.”

“If you knew how many actors and directors and writers were alcoholics or compulsive in some way — I mean, it’s the most ordinary thing in the world in Hollywood. I’ve worked with actors who showed up drunk! And that was not me. I drank, like, alone in my living room and just passed out, like, with scotch. But I got sober”, he continued.

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Currently, Ben Affleck’s alcohol addiction is controlled, and he has been sober for many years. He was in a healthy relationship with Ana de Armas, but reportedly the couple has split ways. We will be soon seeing him play Batman in the Flash movie.

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