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Kiefer Sutherland won't quit alcohol

Published 05/10/2016

Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland

The 24 star has discovered sobriety is not his thing.

Actor Kiefer Sutherland refuses to put down the bottle despite the trouble his drinking has caused.

Back in 2007 the 24 star was arrested for driving under the influence, an ill-advised act that landed him a 48-day prison sentence, but the disruptive experience didn't quench his thirst for booze in the slightest.

In more recent years, his hellraising antics have led to him attacking a Christmas tree in a London hotel, while being caught more than a little merry on camera.

“One of the things I love to do is go out with my friends and tell stories and have a bunch of drinks,” Sutherland shared on an episode of The Jess Cagle Interview. “Having said that, I can also look back on my life and tell you very squarely that the only bad things that have ever happened to me in my life have been because I like to go to bars and have drinks with my friends. (I) enjoy those moments with friends, despite the possibility of consequences.”

Kiefer admits he has had a strange relationship with alcohol throughout his adult life.

“I would be lying if I told you that there weren’t moments where I felt I let it get away from me," The Lost Boys star confessed. "So it’s kind of been a push and pull through my life. (But) I was never the guy, if something was wrong in my life or something wasn’t right, I didn’t go drown my sorrows.”

After trying to quit drinking a few times, the 49-year-old simply doesn't believe sobriety is for him.

“I have, at times, for stretches of time (quit boozing),” Sutherland said. “But at some point, I’ve made a decision, right or wrong, for myself that I would rather work really hard so I could still have some of those times. Than to simply stop. That’s a choice I’ve made and I live with that choice.”

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