Nov. 21, 2022 – “One of the bravest things you can do,” she writes, “is slay those dragons and finally change an awful cycle in which you’ve found yourself stuck. For me, it was to stop drinking.” She calls saying goodbye to booze “one of the most liberating things in my journey of life” and she said it has allowed her “to finally become free of the torture of guilt and dysfunction.”

“During the holidays, when we spend so much energy trying to measure up to the picture-perfect standards set by the Norman Rockwells of the world, I’d like for you to try to remember to give yourself a pass—a hug, as it were—and I will try, too,” she writes. “Take a moment, take a breath, and give yourself a squeeze. We’re all just doing our best out here. And that in and of itself is something to celebrate.” 

Back in December 2021, Barrymore shared that she’d been sober for two-and-a-half years following her divorce from Will Kopelman (also the father to her daughters Olive, 10, and Frankie, 8). She told CBS Mornings at the time that alcohol “was something that I realized just did not serve me and my life.”

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