In the recent past more and more celebrities are opening up about their battle with alcoholism and its hard to imagine what they have overcome.
In the past alcohol addiction was majorly assumed as a problem of the poor but that is no longer the case.
Below are some celebs who have opened up on their battles and how they overcame them.
Comedian and radio presenter Francis Kibe alias Rapcha the Sayantist recently shared a heart-breaking tale of his battle with alcoholism.
The Hot 96 presenter revealed an ‘ugly’ alcoholism story before he became a teetotaller.
According to Rapcha, quitting alcohol is the best decision he’s ever made.
“My kids used to wipe vomit from my mouth… It was ugly, it was a bad life and I changed it. I Stopped drinking for good and decided to focus on my body, food and my career. It’s the best decision I ever made … I give thanks for life and everyone supporting me.”
KICC managing director Nana Gecaga quit alcohol 19 years ago.
In past interviews, Nana, who is President Uhuru’s niece, admitted she was once an alcoholic when she opened up about her struggle with alcoholism.
She said she would down an entire crate of beer and a bottle of hard liquor a day. Nana Gecaga believes her sobriety journey will encourage others to follow her path.
“Well it was 24 beers that’s a crate a day and a half a bottle or full bottle of liquor. Very vicious circle, we all have challenges, we all have issues that we face, never judge a book by its cover. The one thing I can actually say to them is, tomorrow is another day and try to live. Or get to that day and never be ashamed or too proud to ask for support. Kenya has a lot of support and use it.”
Francis Amisi, alias Frasha recently quit alcohol, although he was not an addict he has taken alcohol for 15 years something he deeply regrets.
Frasha, who is the youth leader under Maendeleo Chap Chap, has in the past been talking to youths on the importance of staying sober.
He says he has been taking alcohol for 15 years, and the only thing he has achieved is wasting money.
There was a time he spent over Ksh. 500,000 in one month.
“After doing the 40 days sobriety challenge for several years, I have realized the importance of quitting alcohol completely. As you mature up, you start realizing that there are things you are doing that are no longer important. Which are wasting your time, money and they even make you lose focus.”
Sports journalist-cum-actor Allan Muliro, one of the pioneer actors of the TV drama ‘Inspekta Mwala’ in a recent interview revealed that alcohol ruined his life.
“I lost my job as a sports presenter on radio citizen’s Viwanjani Michezo na Burudani show because of being an alcoholic. My performance at work wasn’t good and my family also fell apart.”
Born Dennis Kaggia but known to many as DNA, he came into the limelight for his song “Banjuka Tu” and with all the fame came more money and more alcohol.
The talented musician said that his drinking was mainly influenced by peer pressure and bad friends.
“I have wrecked cars, I have driven at 140 KPH. It’s only that sometimes I had a woman in the car and her screams would alert me that I am losing control of the car. I have been through the whole cycle of hurting friends. You cannot chose to stop when you are an addict, you have to ask for help or end up dead. I would get sober then go back to drinking, I would drink without eating for even for a week without eating and I lost a lost of weight. After my daughter was born something was born and that’s when i started to feel I could help other people.”
Kenyan actress-cum-radio host opened up about her battle with alcoholism this year (2019).
Speaking during an exclusive interview with Mpasho, Wilbroda said,
“First and foremost, I would like to say the reason i stopped drinking then is because the drinking was taking a toll on me. I don’t have a problem with people who drink as long as it does not take over your life, then it is fine. You are good to go.”
She went on to add that she realized her drinking had started becoming a problem and it was taking over her life.
“That was my major issue then because i realized that the drinking was taking over, it was taking over. So now if you find me seated with a glass of wine. Don’t come and ask me, ‘Haiya Wilbroda umerudi kukunywa?’ Because sometimes I find that, people are like, ‘OH MY GOSH! SHE IS BACK TO DRINKING’ !”
In conclusion, Wilbroda revealed that she is now in control of her drinking.
“It’s because back then I just couldn’t say no but now i can sit for days on end and say that i’m gonna have a glass of wine. I can sit for months and decide I’m not gonna have a glass of wine. That is when you know you are good.”
Former journalist and media practitioner Tom Mboya has also had his fair share of battle with alcoholism. It was only after he got ill with pancreatisis that his addiction stopped.
I ran into trouble at some point in my life, I had a great job, a good salary so I could fund my drinking habit. I started drinking and at some point it became too much for my body to handle. I ended up in hospital with pancreatitis. Alcohol was gonna kill me but pancreatitis came and saved me. I talk about it as a way of me giving back in my own special ways. I have been sober for 10 years and why I talk about my past addiction is that i want to encourage someone who thinks they have hit a dead end.
Sister to secular artiste DNA, Caroline opened up about battling alcoholism in a candid narration on Engage.
She explained that the first time she drunk alcohol was when she was in form 5. She confessed ruefully on how a friend gave her some alcohol and promised her on how ‘high’ she would get after that.
“I was so disappointed but little did i know, that was a sign of a problem. (That she had not got high on 12% of alcohol). Little did i know that i had awoken a sleeping giant because in our family on our paternal side, we are genetically predisposed to alcoholism.”
When she later revealed to her friends in school that she had not got intoxicated, they were confused. She finished her A-levels and then she went to the popular Westlands club, Q’s to celebrate.
Her friend ordered for her a can of Redds. Caroline ended up drinking up-to 6 of the cans. The issue is that she did not feel intoxicated enough until she decided to walk. When she tried, she fell.
The regret she felt after the incident made her decide not to drink again. She then left the country for a foreign country to study for two years.
She says she did not like the country. Also, her drinking problem got worse.
“Beers did not work for me. I needed harder drinks to get high. I missed getting raped or dying several times while in this foreign country. I believe it is the prayers of my parents that kept me.”
After one year in the country, she went back home to parents who were very disappointed with her appearance.
In 2005 after finishing her studies, she conceived a baby. She again started drinking heavily because she was in denial about having conceived.
She narrates how she started drinking second generation drinks even selling her household good just to sustain her habit
It was then that she recognized that she was now a full-blown alcoholic, a fact her dad had diagnosed back in 2007.
She got so low that she even started selling her household goods, including even her doors. Finally, in early 2017, she decided to deal with her issue head-on.
She sought help and is now a recovered alcoholic.