celebs who have battled alcoholism

Many local celebrities have almost /already ruined their careers because of alcoholism. Some have transformed, while some have not been able to.

Below are some who’s careers took a nose dive

Jimwat

Known by many for his song “Under 18” the soft spoken musician from Kikuyu has had his own struggles with alcoholism which which saw him fade away from the limelight.

His turning point came after he was involved in grisly accident along Thika Road.

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Although  many keep their alcohol addiction a secret, Jimwat came out to admit publicly that alcohol almost ruined his life.

Speaking to Word Is in a past interview Jimwat said

“I used to smile but deep down I was suffering, and that’s when I realised I did not have real friends around me, I had fake friends.

I had 1,000 friends before things went south. They all disappeared and ignored my phone calls.

Soon as they start seeing my posters as I try to make a comeback, they have now started crawling back.”

Jimwat said he is working on a song that is based on his real-life experience.

“The thing is, I used to spend a lot of cash in the bar compared to my monthly rent,” he said.

Also, I used to spend more time in the bar than at my place.

At times, I never even used to go home, since I would sleep on the bar counter. It was that bad,” added the father of one.

Alcoholism is a serious problem although people don’t see it a as such thus they do not prioritize it as they should.

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DNA

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.

In 2016, he said

‘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,

He added

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.

He speaks out regularly about it to inspire others that there is life after such a situation. Amen to that.

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3. Wilbroda

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.

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The actress smiling

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.

4. Tom Mboya

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.

Tom Mboya

He adds

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.

Caroline Kagia

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 Redd’s. 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.

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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.

She confesses:

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 at 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 house hold 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.

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