Rosie O’Donnell’s son told her she was drinking too much

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Rosie O’Donnell’s 13-year-old son Parker thinks she drinks too much. In fact he told her outright, and suggested that she go to AA if she couldn’t stop on her own. So O’Donnell says she decided to give up alcohol completely, and hasn’t had a drop to drink since December 1st. Rosie doesn’t say she’s an alcoholic, just that Parker thought she drank too much, and had heard of AA.

She may be a teetotaler now – but that hasn’t stopped Rosie O’Donnell from making some juicy confessions. In a new interview on the Tyra Banks Show scheduled to air Thursday, the former talk show host says she’s sworn off alcohol – and she has her son Parker to thank.

“I stopped drinking on Dec. 1,” O’Donnell, 46, says. “On Nov. 29, I was with my son, who is now 13, and I said to him, ‘Park, can you get me a beer?’

“And he said, ‘No I don’t want to,’ ” she says. “And I said, ‘Really why not?’ And he says, ‘Because you know what, I think you drink too much beer … Lately I think it’s too much.’ ”

O’Donnell says she told her son that she gave up drinking for eight years when she was 22 – a prospect that intrigued her son. “He goes, ‘Well maybe you should do that again,’” O’Donnell says. “I go, ‘Well honey what happens if I can’t do that?’ ”

Says O’Donnell: “He says, ‘There’s a drunk club, I forget what it’s called, but you have to like be really drunk to get in, I don’t know if they’d let you in, but you could ask them for tips.’ “

[From People]

I really like the idea of AA being a club. It makes it sound like something you should feel good to be a part of, which people should. Obviously it’s best never to abuse alcohol, but if you’ve got a problem and you choose to take care of it, then you should be proud of that.

I myself am a teetotaler. Not for any specific reason other than it takes me a ridiculous amount of alcohol to get drunk, but just a few sips to end up with a substantial hangover. Thus the benefit is rarely worth the cost for me. And it saves a lot of cash, though I doubt that’s a big factor for Rosie. But I commend her on her decision. I wish a few cooler, hipper celebs would join in so I didn’t feel like such a grandma loser. We could start a trend. Well, if you could define “trend” as “something no one else would ever want to do.” Then we could definitely start one.

Here’s Rosie launching the 13th Annual Kids Night on Broadway at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in New York City on February 2nd. Images thanks to

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  1. kiki says:

    hey is Rosie hosting that Irish party with Mel Gibson? anyone got a good Irish drinking joke?

  2. silentA says:

    Me too, Jaybird, me too.

    Two drinks, and I’m blind from a headache.
    Enough drinks to get my drunk, and I’m throwing up for two days.

  3. Rio says:

    I am NOT a teetotaler (hell, I’d rig my home’s faucets to run margaritas if I could) but damn– if your own kid tells you that they think you should join the “drunk club”, you have a problem.
    I have to say though, “‘There’s a drunk club, I forget what it’s called, but you have to like be really drunk to get in, I don’t know if they’d let you in, but you could ask them for tips.’” sounds more like the makings of a bitchin’ party than AA.

  4. Jen says:

    He should’ve told her that her new teeth are ridiculous, too.

  5. Chiara says:

    Cool family! Child speaks, mom listens.

  6. Jeane says:

    Haha Rio, my thought exactly! Wow where is that club? I wanna get in!

  7. lrm says:

    Um,when you are asking your kids to ‘get you a beer/drink’,that’s a good sign that you’re not in a good place with your alcohol consumption.
    Not a good position to place your children in,even at 13.
    uh,sweetie,could you grab me that vodka bottle? oh,and a glass-no,wait,why bother,i’ll just take the bottle.

    I just find it odd and like you are putting the child in an enabling position….even if it’s just a social drinking thing or a glass at dinner-get it yourself,you know?

    You’re modeling for your child,after all.

  8. tigerlille says:

    In lots of families it is perfectly normal to ask a child to get you a glass of water or what ever beverage you are drinking. A coke, a beer, what ever – it’s not like they ask the kid to mix them a drink! Evidently it isn’t normal in your family, but that doesn’t mean you have to pass judgements on other families. A parent isn’t asking a child to do anything illegal or immoral by bringing them the occasional beer! In my family, it is not an issue, as I don’t drink at all.

    I wish everything didn’t have to be so controersial.

  9. morgs says:

    I would get my parents beer when I was little. It was just ‘mommy’s drink’ and I tried it (under parental supervision) around 5 by taking a sip from dad and thought it was the nastiest thing I’d ever tasted. I still felt that way about most alcohol until I hit 21…and now I love beer. And I’ve never had any alcohol issues.

  10. barneslr says:

    No, no. The headline was an error. What it was supposed to say is:

    “Rosie O’Donnell’s son told her she is driving him to drink”

    How could anyone tolerate living with her without some sort of help? I shudder to think of what will be in the tell-all, mommie-dearest type books her kids write when they are grown. It will undoubtedly be ugly…just like her.

  11. NicoleB. says:

    I am 34 and a bartender and I would never ask a child/minor to get me a drink/beer. I always tell my friends the quickest way to not be my friend is to ask my daughter to fetch something she is legally not allowed to consume. Alcohol, cigarettes…. whatever. It is wrong and absolutely intolerable.

  12. Baholicious says:

    Back in the day (yeah, I know that expression’s really tired…) my dad would send me to the store to pick him up smokes.