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Tom Holland opens up about struggle with sobriety, recalls feeling "enslaved" to alcohol

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Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Tom Holland, known for his role as Spiderman, recently spoke about his battle with alcohol and the challenges he faced while trying to achieve sobriety.

Speaking on the podcast On Purpose with Jay Shetty, the 27-year-old actor discussed his journey towards giving up drinking, describing it as "the best thing" he has ever done.

Reflecting on his decision to become sober, Holland revealed that it wasn't a sudden realisation but rather a gradual process. He mentioned having a particularly boozy December during the Christmas holidays and deciding to abstain from drinking for the month of January. However, he soon realised how difficult it was for him to resist the urge for a drink. "All I could think about was having a drink. That's all I could think about. I was waking up thinking about it," Holland admitted.

This intense craving and his preoccupation with drinking alarmed the actor, leading him to question whether he had an alcohol problem.

In an effort to prove to himself that he didn't, Holland extended his abstinence from alcohol to February. However, even after two months, he found himself struggling. "I felt like I couldn't be social... I couldn't go to the pub and have a lime soda. I couldn't go out for dinner," he shared, highlighting the drinking culture in Britain. Consequently, he decided to extend his sobriety journey to six months.

By June 1, Holland experienced significant positive changes in his life. He felt happier, slept better, and had improved mental clarity. Handling problems became easier, even on set, and he felt healthier and fitter. He questioned why he had felt "enslaved" by the idea of drinking and why it had such a hold on him.

The actor emphasised that giving up alcohol has been the best decision he has ever made, and it has also inspired his mother to follow a sober lifestyle. "I can't believe the difference that I feel from not drinking. Yeah, I feel amazing," Holland shared, expressing his contentment with his current state of sobriety.

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