Channing Tatum is a High-Functioning Alcoholic, He Says

Last updated on November 4th, 2019

Readers of GQ magazine got to know a lot more about Channing Tatum, thanks to a revealing interview featured in the publication’s upcoming June issue.

Despite a white hot career, a beautiful family, and being named People’s 2012 Sexiest Man Alive, Tatum is first to admit he isn’t perfect. The 34-year-old actor spoke candidly about his drinking habits, calling himself a “high-functioning alcoholic.”

In the GQ cover story, Tatum admits he has a dangerous tendency to overindulge in just about everything. For example, he has an ongoing love affair with unhealthy things, like “confetti” cake and icing.

“I can completely lose myself into just absolutely satisfying things—a really amazing cheeseburger, a pizza, good fries, a beer.”

And while gaining a few pounds isn’t a problem, Tatum goes on to reveal that his alcohol consumption is admittedly excessive.

“I probably drink too much, you know,” he said in the interview. “I’m probably a pretty high-functioning, I guess, you know, I would say, alcoholic… There’s probably a tendency to escape. I equate it to creativity, and I definitely equate it to having a good time.”

Tatum admits the arrival of his daughter impacted the frequency of his drinking. His 9-month-old daughter, Everly, has helped him cut down on alcohol consumption, prompting Tatum to “skip drinking for up to four months” at a time.

”There’s probably a tendency to escape. I equate [alcohol] to creativity, and I definitely equate it to having a good time.”-Channing Tatum

What is a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

A high-functioning alcoholic is, by clinical standards, an alcoholic who can maintain aspects of his or her life, such as a job, home, family, and meaningful relationships, all while drinking on a social basis. Despite being a form of alcoholism, the disease progresses differently in high-functioning alcoholics. The following are common characteristics of functioning alcoholics:

  • Denial: Do not view themselves as alcoholics, as they don’t fit the stereotype
  • In-Tact Personal Life: Able to maintain consistent employment, enjoy success and respect on the job
  • Solid Relationships: Able to form and sustain friendships, romantic relationships and family bonds
  • Drinking Habits: One drink always leads to another, looking forward to the next drinking opportunity, while repeating unwanted drinking patterns/behaviors


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High-Functioning Alcoholics in Hollywood

Tatum is certainly not the only high-functioning alcoholic actor in Hollywood. For example, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe admitted that his consistent partying led to a drinking problem. Ewan McGregor admitted he was a functioning alcoholic, but completely gave up drinking in 2000. Last year, George Clooney revealed that he sometimes “drinks too much.” The actor said at times he finds himself excessively drinking for no reason late at night.


Also Read: Treating the High-Functioning Alcoholic by Arnold M. Washton

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