Bella Hadid hasn’t touched booze in six months: ‘I don’t feel the need’

A few weeks ago, Bella Hadid mentioned in an interview that she was trying to do a Dry January, which is something that wasn’t really done when I was younger. Like, a “stop drinking for a month” challenge seems to be a more recent development over the past decade or so. Anyway, lots of people do Dry January nowadays and I didn’t even know that Bella was much of a drinker anyway. As it turns out, Bella didn’t just stop boozing it up for January. She told InStyle that she’s been dry for six months and she’s doing it for health and control reasons. She spoke to InStyle about all of this and more to promote the energy-drink line Kin Euphorics, which she is “the face” of and in which she invested.

She loves wellness beverages: Hadid started by swapping Kin Spritz (infused with notes of ginger, bitters, and citrus) out for her morning coffee or matcha to get the same energy boost without the anxiety that came with it, she says. But it was the brand’s Lightwave, a calming, stress-relieving alternative to an evening glass of wine (with sparking notes of lavender, vanilla, and passionflower) — that helped her to cut out drinking.

She loved alcohol: “I have done my fair share of drinking. I loved alcohol and it got to the point where even I started to, you know, cancel nights out that I felt like I wouldn’t be able to control myself,” she explains, adding that once brain scans from her doctor (one of Kin’s medical advisors) showed her the effects of alcohol on her brain, it became “a lot harder to pick up the glass.”

She drinks Kin Euphorics when she has anxiety too: “I drink this when I have crippling anxiety and I can’t leave my house or when I’m not gonna drink alcohol but still want to loosen up and be able to speak to people and socialize,” she explains. Both drinks have also helped relieve stress-related insomnia, Hadid says. “It doesn’t put you slap on your butt, asleep for 15 hours, but it does really calm your brain, your nervous system, and those late-night thoughts. I drink it before bed and I sleep like a baby…It’s kind of that moment where I have my ritual, where I’m able to just kind of be with myself. I don’t take sleeping pills anymore. When I was flying so much, that was kind of the only way I would be able to not be jet-lagged. But now I really have something holistic and it’s doing something for my body every day.”

She’s probably going to stop drinking forever: “I don’t feel the need because I know how it will affect me at 3 in the morning when I wake up with horrible anxiety thinking about that one thing I said five years ago when I graduated high school. There’s just this never-ending effect of, essentially, you know, pain and stress over those few drinks that didn’t really do much, you know?”

[From InStyle]

I’ve long had the belief that some people have a “drinking problem” when they’re younger (say, 19-22) and then they can “outgrow” it organically. If that makes any sense? I have zero science to back up what I’m saying, all I know is that the brain continues to develop and the anxiety/stress/hormones of those late teen/early 20s can even out, and it feels like many people just outgrow those binge-drinking triggers or what have you. It feels sort of like what Bella did too – she rationalized away her need/urge to social-drink and booze it up. Ultimately, she felt like she could control it and she has… so far. And I’ll admit, she’s a pretty good spokesperson for this wellness line? I kind of want to try this sh-t.

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  1. bettyrose says:

    I’m curious to try Kin Euphorics but they’re so expensive. Anyone here had good experiences with them?

    • Ellie says:

      I tried Dreamlight last Dry January, and I didn’t like the taste that much (and I like other things with reishi mushroom like teas). It was also very expensive, more than many NA “spirits” and in a tiny bottle. These premixed spritzers seem like a way to charge even more for fewer adaptogens, but I wouldn’t rule out trying them out of curiosity. LOL I am less likely to try any product that Bella is marketing “the science” of. That sneaker video all those years ago spoke for itself.

  2. superashes says:

    I got to a point in the pandemic where I was drinking alcohol daily, and in some cases I felt like I had to have a glass of wine or a shot or something else to just be able to even finish my work for the day because it was so helpful for my anxiety (but at the same time created anxiety in a different way). Then I got pregnant and lost alcohol as a coping mechanism, and I really don’t think I have found anything that actually fills that void. I guess I have another five months to figure it out. Ultimately I just wish I had Bella’s energy. Maybe I’ll try some of these beverages, assuming preggos can drink them.

    • Sara says:

      I was a very heavy drinker before I got pregnant. When I was pregnant, I had no problem putting the booze down. It was so easy. After she was born, I didn’t drink and couldn’t because I was nursing. But things got bad for me with PPD about 7 weeks in and I started using alcohol again to sleep (I quit nursing by then). All I can say is that if it gets to that point for you, please get in with a psychiatrist and get on safe medication. I think I lasted all but two weeks with using alcohol to sleep and I woke up one day and asked my husband to drive me to the hospital so I could get help. And I did. I haven’t touched alcohol in almost 4 months and I’m at the point that I don’t even want it anymore.
      Not saying that you will get PPD (I have had anxiety and mild depression prior to having a baby), but wanted to state my case. In case you are anxious about it, there are much better and safer alternatives for coping.

    • JL says:

      I suspect you’re not going to be able to drink them while pregnant. Obviously, your comfort may vary, but a LOT of the exciting new ingredients mentioned in these types of drinks have mixed safety reviews for pregnant people. (It’s kind of like reading about herbal teas/tisanes when you’re pregnant: you’re thinking you’re fine, and then you read an article telling you that drinking [whichever] tea can have some kind of hideous consequence.) Also, bitters are frequently SUPER alcoholic, but the amount used in most drinks means the overall beverage still qualifies as NA. (They’re classified as a food additive, not an alcohol, so they don’t need to list their ABV, but they can be extremely high.) If you’re looking for some suggestions on NA drinks, I recommend Julia Bainbridge’s book ‘Good Drinks’, which has a bunch of pregnancy-safe recipes.

  3. dlc says:

    I think drinking culture in the US is hugely problematic.

  4. Lauren Too says:

    I think you might be onto something Kaiser. I used to drink a lot in my early 20’s and in my mid to late 20’s I sort of stopped. I started drinking only socially and then reduced it to every once in a while. I don’t miss over drinking at all. Good for Bella that she’s at a point where she can enjoy her life without alcohol, but those wellness drinks I’m just not into. A veggie and fruit smoothie is enough wellness for me thank you.

  5. Gruey says:

    Life without alcohol used to be unthinkable for me. Slowly I started to feel like it was chipping away at my life in so many ways (gritting my teeth through hungover hikes, yoga classes, mornings with my kids, you name it; slowly losing control over my weight and appearance; annoying my husband one too many times).

    Two years ago I stopped. If I hadn’t, lockdown would have turned me into a full scale alcoholic. Being sober actually feels fucking fantastic. Very different than not drinking during pregnancy. If you are tempted to try it, do it!!

  6. Embee says:

    Sara this is great information to share. And good for you demanding the help you received! You’re an excellent example to us all.

  7. Concern Fae says:

    It’s long been known that many people drink to what they eventually decide is excess, and then either quit or cut back without any outside help. We are increasingly realizing that the 12 step model for addiction does not have any scientific basis. When it comes to opioid addiction it is actively dangerous. Nowhere else do we talk about the need to “bottom out” before making a change, or say that cold turkey is the only way. Yes, it has helped a lot of people, but you need to consider the failure cases when actually looking at whether something is an effective intervention or not.

    The rule of alcohol that I’ve used and stuck with is: with food and other people, green light; with food OR other people, yellow light; alone and without food, red light – think about what you are doing. Weirdly enough, I learned this from my 8th grade social studies teacher. Sensible advice that stuck.

  8. Marina says:

    Kin Euphorics High Rhode is nice, I used to have one in the afternoon to lift my spirits. You can make into a NA spritz. It is pricey though! Curious Elixirs are also super tasty and put you into a great mood. Another great NA spirit with adaptogens is BonBuz, I normally drink that more at night for energy at work or events. Unfortunately, they’re all expensive but, I just try and use them when needed.

  9. DiegoInSF says:

    Someone on one of the posts discussing drinking suggested non alcoholic Curious Elixirs and they trick my brain thinking I’m having a cocktail, haven’t had a drink in almost 3 weeks. Last year (or I guess 2 years ago!) when the pandemic started I’d drink so much during happy hours on zoom I’d pass out during workdays (wfh) and then sometimes have to call in sick. Then, I dialed down to a single drink a day a few times a week. I now only drink socially and with omicron my social life is dead lol it’s only me and the dogs enjoying nature and I haven’t missed it!
    I also like this little cans of ginger beer sweetened with stevia called Zevia I think and they also do the trick as Curious elixirs are expensive so I limit myself to one a day lol

  10. Isabella says:

    Bravo to Bella for getting off alcohol. But this reads like an infomercial for Kin and I wonder how much she’s making from the brand. We’ve been sold miracle juice so often.

  11. Katherine says:

    Honestly, she sounds like someone who is making the best choice for herself – I’ve never felt like what she describes about drinks, but did about other things in life, so I can definitely provide my 5 cents on this that it’s good for you to stop in this situation.
    As for outgrowing it, my observation is it’s more of a social thing – when you get older, there’s just less occasion and company and reason to socially drink. Some drink heavily when young and become addicted to alcohol instead of outgrowing it. Drinking is no joke, there should be more talk about how social drinking leads to alcoholism. I’ve never really drank much and people don’t respect that (not that I care, this is one of those things people can’t bully me into feeling bad about, they can when it comes to some other weaknesses, but not this, I don’t even like alcohol in any other form but a cake ingredient, to me, it’s about as tasty as uncooked earth worms).

  12. Ash says:

    Bella seems like she’s got a good head on her shoulders. I like the way she talks about this. I recently quit drinking too, but I’m the only one in my friend group who doesn’t partake right now. I feel a lot better physically and mentally – I was previously only a weekend drinker. There was no big life event that pushed me to quit, just noticing I feel better without it these days. I still want to attend parties and gatherings when we’re allowed to again, but I might stick with non-alcoholic beverages. I feel like I have more energy for life when I’m not hungover in the morning! I’m kinda curious about the Kin Euphorics drinks, and will probably try them at least once to see what they’re like.
    I’ve heard a lot of folks say they get questioned about their decision not to drink, and that sounds frustrating. I think it should be socially acceptable to opt out and not have to explain yourself.