Ewan McGregor health: Trainspotting actor was ‘ashamed’ of alcohol addiction

As well as being famous for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, McGregor is notorious for playing a heroin addict in the 1996 film Trainspotting. Recently, the actor played the role of yet another drug addict in the Netflix series Halston.

“I was just ashamed of myself, really.”

He added: “I knew I was lucky, and somehow I knew that if I didn’t stop, everything would go tits up – my career, my family, my everything.”

Alcoholism is a common problem in the UK with four percent of people between the ages of 16 and 65 having problems with alcohol addiction.

Doctor Colin Tidy writes that it is the “biggest risk factor” for early death for those aged 15 to 49.

These include illnesses that you can develop after 10 to 20 years of drinking more than 14 units a day, such as mouth, throat, and breast cancer, as well as stroke.

It can also result in heart disease, liver disease, brain damage, and nervous system damage.

Moreover, there are countless studies showing that alcohol misuse is linked to worsening mental health.

One study published in the European Journal of Public Health found that “frequent binge drinking and alcohol problems are associated with poor mental health”.

This effect, they noticed, was worsened if the drinking came with an already lacking life satisfaction and psychological disorders.


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