Is ‘Recovering Alcoholic’ Gerard Butler Back On The Sauce?

Something weird is happening. Every time I google “Gerard Butler naked” (every day), I’m finding endless pics of Butler leaving Los Angeles and New York bars. In most of the photos, he looks half in the bag. Eyes puffy and bloodshot, face red and sweaty with either a “happy drunk” or an “angry drunk” look on his face.

What’s weird is that in nearly every profile of Butler cites his alcoholic early days, when he was studying law in Scotland, his early benders and his subsequent swearing off of alcohol and the law to pursue acting. Celebitchy covered the territory in September.

Honestly though, Butler goes “on the record” about his alcoholism very sparingly. Most of the time the profiles of him just mention it in passing:

“After spending so many years in law, I was becoming really disillusioned and I feel as a person I was becoming more and more unhappy,” says Butler, with an expansive sigh. “And I think a big part of that was not even necessarily the law, but just doing something that I knew wasn’t for me.”

He had been drinking heavily, getting his kicks not from legal text books but from playing in a rock band called Speed (with other lawyers, no less), and generally building a reputation as Scots Law’s answer to Jim Morrison.

He took time out, travelling in North America, during which he fell in with an Irish crowd, with whom he spent an entire month drunk, and worked in a carnival. He was still drunk when he came back and went for a job interview as a trainee lawyer. He got it anyway, an early sign perhaps that his future lay in acting. But he could hide his disillusionment only for so long.

“I wasn’t thinking ‘What are you going to do?’, because I couldn’t imagine carrying on as a solicitor.”


If he’s not really an alcoholic or a recovering alcoholic, I find it hard to believe his publicist would let so many profiles of Butler go on and on about his early drink-soaked days. So I feel pretty good about saying that, at some point, Butler considered himself “in recovery” from his alcoholism. There’s never any mention about a formal rehab, so it’s more than possible that one day Butler woke up and decided to stop drinking. Much like George W. Bush, minus the spiritual awakening or ultimatum from Laura Bush (“It‘s me or the Jim Beam,” Laura allegedly told Dubya).

I believe experts call this condition being a “dry drunk”. Experts also consider “dry drunks” at a high risk for falling off the wagon. Judging him solely by the number of times he’s pap’ed entering or leaving a bar, I’m worried that Gerry is back on the sauce. Maybe he’s just depressed and unfulfilled again? This time because he hasn’t found his one true love? (Me?)

Picture note by Celebitchy: Gerard Butler is shown on 12/11/08 looking inebriated. I hope he was photographed in his car before he entered the bar and not afterwards. Credit: WENN and Fame

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18 Responses to “Is ‘Recovering Alcoholic’ Gerard Butler Back On The Sauce?”

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  1. lady garden says:

    i’d dry him out-no bother

  2. Rosebudd says:

    hope not.

  3. geronimo says:

    You can be an alcoholic / recovering alcoholic without ever having a formal diagnosis or going through rehab. Maybe he just cut down rather than cut out. Not everyone goes the total abstinence route. And if that’s the case, then it’s possible he’s drinking again. Got to say he’s not looking too good here – fleshy face, kind of mottled complexion. Sorry, Kaiser. 🙁

  4. Kaiser says:

    I’m not hallucinating, right? He’s totally “angry drunk” in these pics!

  5. Baholicious says:

    Two words for Gerry: Russell. Crowe.

  6. Amy says:

    If you see the video of him leaving these clubs you can tell he is never ‘drunk’. Could he be drinking…sure, I guess, but I also think there would be some image of him somewhere with a glass of wine of beer in his hand. At any event they capture of pic of him inside at a party he is always drinking water or Coke, never liquor. Maybe it’s late and he tired (he is not yound 20 something anymore) and that is the reason he looks tired. Whatever the case, he is pretty amazing to look at. He is super super super zexy!!!!!

  7. Rose says:

    I told you this yonks ago, he’s an absolute sot and pretty horrible when drunk.

  8. michele says:

    Butler does not look drunk in these photos, his eyes are as clear going into the the restaurant as when he is leaving at 2:30 AM.
    You know things are not always what they seem, check out the video taken at the same time as that photo above. Mr. Butler goes into the restaurant smiling and happy. It looks like if he was angry about something it sure didn’t last more than 3 seconds.

  9. Baholicious says:

    @ Amy: “At any event they capture of pic of him inside at a party he is always drinking water or Coke, never liquor.”

    Really, that’s naive. How in the doodles do you know what’s in the bottle/can/glass? Or that he’s not doing lines off the top of a toilet tank in the bathroom?

  10. Amy says:

    Bah: No one knows but him. But there, again, is no proof that it’s not what is labeled. Why are some trying to make up crap that is just not there? That is stupid. If he was drinking or had an issue again, we would know it. Mr. Butler seems to be a pretty professional guy who shows up to work with no issues. I doubt he is back on the booze. He likes to party and why not? He’s hot, single and rich oh and pretty famous. He likes his life, let him enjoy without trying to imply there is rum in his Coke bottle. Lame!

  11. I Choose Me says:

    He just looks annoyed to me – probably at the paps.

  12. kelly says:

    Didja ever notice how he can look either really hot or really ugly, but never in between?

  13. Baholicious says:

    @Amy: I wasn’t implying anything. All I said was how do you know? We don’t, that’s the point. I’m not being lame in the least. He had drinking issues. People with drinking issues often hide the behaviour so others won’t think/know they’re drinking (again).

  14. paris herpes says:

    He probably just needs to abstain from drinking completley…just because you’re in recovery doesn’t mean you’ve stopped drinking, nor have gone to rehab either.

  15. 88modesty88 says:

    His choice. It was a problem for him at one stage, he has said. If he has changed his mind about the power alcohol has over him and reckons he can handle his booze, who am I to tell him to quit?

    But if he IS getting drunk, someone should tell him he is much prettier sober tho’…

  16. Holly says:

    I love the guy. I doubt very very much he is drinking again, why be so stupid when he finally reached his goal. His Dad was a horrible drunk and he saw what it did to him and his life. Gerry has quite the life and why throw it away for booze. I think he is sober, but I do have to say, why would he hang out in clubs or bars being a recovering alcoholic. That must be some great will power!!!

  17. AnOmAmous says:

    One Day at a Time Gerry.

    Never Forget
    ST 06 AZ

    Do the Deal

  18. Hugh Reily says:

    After all, time spent at South Coast Recovery is not intended to be a sentence of punishment.