Although many people suffer from crippling and frankly unbelievable addictions, the problem is most prevalent when it affects famous figures and celebrities. The lifestyle that they live, including excessive partying and an almost endless supply of money, means that they are very susceptible to falling into bad habits. It is little wonder then that so many of those in the public eye have suffered from serious addictions, consuming drugs and alcohol at levels that can seem almost impossible to the vast majority of people.

George Carlin

George Carlin’s addiction to a variety of drugs, such as Vicodin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription meds, caused a variety of problems for the comic during his career. He was banned from appearing on a number of television shows, including The Tonight Show, and the abuse would later take its toll on his body. He had a number of heart attacks and other health scares before he sadly passed away in 2008.

Dick Van Dyke

The all-round entertainer Dick Van Dyke has long been open about his battle with alcoholism in his early career. He has admitted to be an alcoholic for around 25 years and noted that he was drunk for almost every single day for much of that time, leading to him being unable to recall filming that had took place just the day before. In fact, in some instances he was unaware of routines had had done until he saw them on screen later.

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