David Arquette falls off the wagon big time, parties with scotch & strippers

This story about David Arquette has me really worried for him. I know it sounds like I’m concern trolling, but I’m really basing it on his 2011 interview on Oprah. Arquette was separated from Courteney Cox at the time, their divorce was just finalized less than a month ago. On Oprah, David detailed his rough, abusive childhood and said that he started drinking at 12. He went to rehab in early 2011 after an intervention staged by Courtney and his sister, Patricia Arquette. He also revealed that he does yoga and was focusing on his health as a way to stay sober. You could really tell that he was a man who was trying to heal and I was touched by his story. David celebrated a year sober in early 2012, and we haven’t heard much about it since. I don’t know if he’s been drinking this past year and a half, but we just heard that he’s been partying with strangers at strip clubs and drinking expensive scotch. So that’s why I’m worried for him. Here’s more, from Radar Online:

Local indie R&B producer Somnate, aka Nathan Keeyes, spotted David drinking solo at Popkins Tavern in Richmond, VA on Saturday night. “It was so random,” he tells RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview. “He was literally the only dude siting at the bar, by himself. I wouldn’t have recognized him if my friend hadn’t. He didn’t look too good. Much older.”

“He was so f***d up,” Somnate says. “I don’t know what number he was on, but he smelled like alcohol and he was slurring his words.”

A bar employee confirms to RadarOnline.com that the 41-yer-old Scream star was drinking a significant amount of Macallan 18 Scotch, which retails at around $165 per bottle. “He was very good for us,” the source laughed, referencing the drink’s price tag. “We hope he’ll come in again!”

Somnate adds: “David bought me and my two friends tequila shots as soon as we sat down. But he told us he didn’t take shots. He just kept ordering his drinks.”

Soon, David was joined by a group of locals who had met David the night before.

“One of them was telling this story about how it was his 21st birthday and David took him to the strip club,” Somnate reveals. “David literally got all these strippers to drag the kid onto the floor and start dancing on him.” [A dancer at Club Rouge confirmed David was at the club Friday night.]

Not long after, David decided to take his posse to the nearby Paper Moon strip club.

“He was like, you guys should come to the strip club with us!” says Somnate. “We were like, ‘Woah. That’s crazy!’ We did not expect him to say that.”

“David was like ‘I’ll pay the fee for you so you guys can just get in. So we went there and he got a few drinks.”

Leaving his entourage to enjoy the club, David “was talking to girls left and right,” Somnate says. “He had all these girls hanging on him. Random girls were walking up to him being like, ‘Are you David Arquette?’ Dude was loving it.”

[From Radar]

The story goes on about how David took pity on a stripper who wasn’t getting as much attention as the other girls and just threw a hundred bucks in ones at her. It was kind of cute and you can read it on Radar.

My theory is that David and his girlfriend of two years, Entertainment Tonight’s Christine McLarty, broke up. It probably happened right around the time that his divorce was finalized and it was too much for him to take. Courtney was the one who wanted the divorce, according to what they told Howard Stern.

I don’t believe that addicts are always in recovery and can’t drink again, in moderation, after a couple of years of sobriety. I’ve seen friends who were abstinent from alcohol for years go back to drinking and do ok with it, as long as they watch it. It must take a lot of vigilance to make sure they don’t slip back into old patterns. In David’s case, it sounds like he’s been binging somewhat and he wants company. He’s such a friendly, gregarious guy he’s not going to keep to himself. He owns a club named Bootsy Bellows though, the fact that he’s drinking anonymously in other bars suggests that he doesn’t want his friends to know he’s fallen off the wagon.

Update: I just realized that David was in Richmond, VA when this took place. There’s no word why exactly, but he was born in Virginia so maybe he was visiting family.

David is shown at the Billboard Music Awards on 5-19-13 and with Christina McLarty in February. Credit: WENN.com

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  1. Pinky says:

    He looks sad. What a depressing story.

  2. LahdidahBaby says:

    Too bad. I’ve always liked him.

  3. pwal says:

    Sending him good vibes.

    Hopefully, he’ll get himself together.

  4. Meaghan says:

    I listened to his interview on Howard, he was pretty shook up over losing Courtney. Poor guy, something about him makes me want to root for him, like he’s a little boy.

  5. Violet says:

    This makes me very sad. He seems like such a lovely guy. I hope he gets help he needs to deal with his demons.

  6. Darlene says:

    I remember that Oprah interview and how much I liked him and how much I was pulling for him. I hope he gets it together again soon.

  7. aims says:

    I’m sad about this.he seems like a very sensitive guy. I’m sure the divorce shocked his system, like divorce does. I hope he can get it together, he does seem like a decent man.

  8. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Aw man..I always had a soft spot for him. I hope he can get back to a good place. And soon.

  9. DreamyK says:

    David, if you can’t do it for yourself, do it for your daughter, Coco. She’s only 9yrs old but she can read about this relapse on the internet.

    I’m sure those strangers thought he was an excellent guy for buying their drinks and taking care of their coverage charges, but I think it’s just kinda sh*tty. I can’t imagine partying with a man known to have been in rehab for alcohol abuse. Not cool.

    • pwal says:

      I felt the same way, especially the bit about the ‘source’ laughing at him buying all the drinks. No doubt the source got any bit of change for adding his/her two cents.

      At any rate, here’s hoping that Arquette will focus on getting himself together.

  10. JennK says:

    I’m right downthe road from Richmond. He’s been out and about getting tattoo’s and just going crazy inRVA

  11. bettyrose says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with a little post breakup partying, but suddenly hes not aging so well which might be a sign of something harder.

  12. Lem says:

    Oh, this story was burried. Light & love David. You poor broken bird.

  13. KayLastima says:

    It’s a life long process. Shaming him may not be the best route to take.

  14. Ginger says:

    It’s not unusual for people in recovery to fall off the wagon. I hope he can find his way back to sobriety. I’ve learned so much about strip clubs and prostitution from working in the legal field. It’s definitely not a place that someone with a drinking problem and a lot of money should be hanging out.

  15. boo says:

    I am a recovering alcoholic and I don’t drink period. It might be ok the first or second drink but somewhere in there I might get lost in the ism and I cannot let that happen. Wether people think I can drink “just one little drink” or not, I always say “no thanks” and I don’t explain, “no thanks” is enough, people are just not that interested as to why, especially if they are drinking!

  16. MPL says:

    He is here in Richmond filming a movie.

  17. Jayna says:

    I had read a month ago or so that he was planning on marrying his girlfriend after his divorce was final. I wonder. He was on The Talk quite a while after being sober and talked about how his self-medicating before had hurt his family and relationships and that rehab and therapy made him really look at himself and learn so much. He was so sweet and loves his daughter so much and Courtney. He seemed in a good place. I hope he’s not off the rails.

    David has always had a very addictive personality to alcohol and drugs (wasn’t it cocaine), but I think as he got older it was more alcohol. Some people do it to excess eventually after starting back, thinking they can control it, just have an occasional drink or two or whatever it is, but because of their addictive personality eventually it spirals for them.

    Depeche Mode has a new song out I absolutely love. I thought it was so sexy and about sex taking you higher. But he wrote it about being out at a dinner one night during the holidays and seeing everyone having a glass of wine and he thought why can’t I just have a glass of wine, wanting just to have a nice buzz, but as a 15-year-now-sober ex-addict he knows the lure of that one drink would not stop there for him eventually with his addictive and drawn-to-excess personality. I guess it is a seductive song, just not the way I thought. It’s about the seductiveness of being high and the lies you tell yourself. I hope David isn’t out of control, but just a stumble. He’s such a nice guy.

    Should Be Higher live – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u11e2og-w0Ahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvFwf6UZuS8

  18. Melanie says:

    Alcoholics cannot drink in moderation. Doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been sober. There is no such thing as watching it or keeping it under control. The slope is slippery, it will end badly.

    • Declassified says:

      Exactly! Addiction is such a personal disease, an alcoholic can appear to be moderating his consumption all the while sneaking drinks away from his loved ones. And just because the collapse doesnt come instantly doesnt mean it isnt coming. An alcoholic has no business even sipping the cooking wine. End Off.

  19. Jen says:

    I believe this sad story only because I actually saw him in North Hollywood earlier this month. It was just about noon and he was walking into a motel on Sherman Way, right off the 405, he looked totally hungover. His hair was a greasy mess and his pants were sagging off his ass. He was walking alone and his face just looked like he needed a nap STAT. Hopefully something clicks and he starts taking care of himself not just for him but for his lil girl Coco too.