Back in April, I [publicly] shared for the first time that I’ve been sober for over a year (21 months and counting). It was a big deal for me to post and I was perplexed when not a soul said anything to me about it. A couple of week later, over lunch with two friends, they both told me how much they had appreciated the post and reiterated how great it is that I’m not drinking. I was happy to hear their support on making it public, as they had obviously had already known (privately) from the beginning. I was relieved that they had actually read the text in the post, as many a person has insisted to me, “no one ever reads blog posts – they just scroll through the pictures.” It felt like a small victory to receive confirmation that, firstly, I’m not the only person who reads blog posts, and, secondly, that at least two people read that post.


You know what else felt fantastic? When I randomly clicked on an article about celebrities who don’t drink. In these 21 months and counted, I’d almost forgotten that there are other people out there who choose to abstain from drinking. I got choked up, actually, reading about dozens of successful people who have come to the conclusion that they feel better sans the sauce. It was a very positive reminder that I’m not alone, and as you know, living the life you dream about is all about embracing the life you want to live, not only through design, but through positive choices that make you feel your very best. Here’s my roundup of 10 inspiring female celebrities who don’t drink, for that very reason.


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“I don’t drink. I’ve never tried a drug,” the former Gossip Girl tells Allure. Blake has always been sober. “It’s just something that I genuinely don’t have a desire for,” Ms. Lively explains. She calls herself a foodie, and at the end of the day she prefers to cozy up to her husband, Ryan Reynold, sober, rather than paint the town red with a drink in her hand.

Image via Storyboard Wedding.

Blake Lively for Glamour Magazine - Celebrities Don't Drink

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  • Anna Marie

    Hi Claire,
    I’m also in recovery and I would love to write to you and help to support one another.
    Please feel free to send me an email.
    Anna Marie x

  • What an inspiring post.. Thank you so much for sharing what’s been on your heart Sarah! It was so interesting (and powerful) to read through all of the celebrities who refrain from alcohol.

  • Sky

    hi sarah i have been struggling with staying on the sober wagon making excuses to have a drink any tips for staying sober as long as you . i dont normally last past a month

  • Fantastic article! enjoyed it x

  • What an inspiring round up of fabulous ladies! Congratulations on your sobriety, too!

  • D. R.

    best post ever. Thank you. Thank you

  • Girl. I randomly came across this post and its fantastic!!!!! We all get pressured into have cocktails socially and its definitely a struggle. Especially when you don’t really want to drink and don’t consider yourself an alcoholic. It’s so detrimental to health yet so inviting and sometimes socially unacceptable to refuse an alcoholic beverage. Sharing this post now!

  • sobersista


    Thanks for your post. I echo Claire’s sentiments. This post and the comments in relation to it are really positive and inspiring. Although not alcohol dependent, I have been a heavy drinker all my adult life. For some time I’ve realised this is something I needed to address, but put this off as I haven’t felt ready and have found the prospect of cutting down or abstaining scary. I think its the habit of drinking which has had more of a hold over me than the alcohol itself. The idea of coming home from work and not engaging in the ritual of pouring a large glass of wine, or going out to a bar with friends and not having a glass of wine would have, up until now seemed inconceivable.

    However, now the crunch point has come. For several weeks now I have had vague twinges and sensations in my upper right quadrant, radiating to my back. Initially I ignored it and dismissed it, but the more I read online the more alarmed I am at what this could mean in terms of my health and the state of my liver. Last week I started cutting down significantly with several alcohol free days this week I have decided to abstain completely. I am not sure whether whether the total abstinence with be permanent or temporary – I may or may not have a choice. However, one thing’s for sure is that my days of heavy drinking are over, I’m ready to move on and feel really positive about this.

    Whereas previously I would have seen an alcohol free life one of sacrifice and denial, I’m now suprising myself with how positive and optomistic I feel about living without alcohol and articles such as this really help reinforce those positive thoughts. I now look upon giving up alcohol as a having the potential to transform my life and looks in all sorts of positive ways. I no longer wish to live a life which is fuzzy round the edges, I want to experience life in ‘high definition’ and this, to me is what an alcohol free life now means.

    On Saturday I was leafing through a magazine in a coffee shop and noticed a picture of Kylie beaming out. It struck me how beautiful, full of vitality, clear skinned and content she looked – and she’s older than me. Fair enough she has a team of stylists, and I may never fully live up to this, but I found the image uplifting and it inspired me to think about the positives of giving up alcohol. I’m not sure whether Kylie drinks or not but I very much doubt she could successfully maintain her enviable looks and lifestyle and be a heavy drinker and the stories of the sober celebrities featured here certainly confirm this.

    I was also really surprised when I went out last Friday how liberating it was to go out and not drink. I wasn’t even remotely envious of other people who were drinking. All I could think about was how glad I was that I could just jump in my car any time I chose and go home without the hassle of getting a taxi/or a succession of different busses, and the fact that I’d wake up feeling great, ready to make the most of my weekend.

    More and more I realise that continuing to drink in the way have been is just not compatible with my desire to keep my figure, maintain the sort of image I want to project, enjoy ansense of well being and vitality, and have the energy I need to achieve all that I would like to in my life . I have to choose. I cannot have my cake and eat it any longer. I certainly now know what my priorities are.

  • Hi Sayeh,
    Thank you! I find these successful women to be so strong and inspiring. I’m so glad to have learned more about them while writing this post.
    xo, Sarah

  • Hi Claire,
    Thank you so much for your comment. I am sending you an email now!
    xo, Sarah

  • Claire

    Hi there, thanks so much for writing this post.

    I am trying to get sober once again after many attempts, and it is so nice and refreshing to read a story I can really relate to. To the world, I’m a smart, fun professional woman in my 30s – I travelled and worked overseas a lot when I was younger and now have been lucky enough to meet an amazing man and get married. It’s often hard for me to accept the physical limitation I have in my susceptibility to alcohol – I really need all the help I can get in framing my *freedom* from it positively, on a daily basis.

    I think I will come back and re-read this often. Feel free to get in touch with me if you would like a pen-pal/recovery buddy in New Zealand!

  • Love this post! I’m a big fan of these women and their work. Thanks for sharing.