January 11, 2009
Baldwin reveals alcohol epiphany
Actor Alec Baldwin says in a new book that he once had a moment of clarity regarding his alcohol abuse while driving on a freeway in Santa Monica, Calif.
30 Rock star writes in
Moments of Clarity, actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford's compilation of real-life stories of addiction, that he noticed he had an alcohol problem while taking a drive in 1983, the New York Post said Sunday.
I'm driving down the road, I'm having a drink,Baldwin wrote.
It's 4 o'clock; I'm supposed to have a drink. But one day I went, 'I don't see anybody else in their car with a plastic takeout container filled with ice and wine.'
Baldwin details other moments of clarity such as receiving a knowing stare from a girlfriend's grandfather or concerned comments from the operator of an arcade where he liked to relax.
The 50-year-old actor also writes about how at the age of 26, he finally took steps toward overcoming his addiction, the Post reported.
God got me sober. That day, God was a black, 65-year-old retired postal worker named Lenny, Baldwin writes in Lawford's book.
Lenny said, You never have to feel this way again if you don't want to.'"