Fame can surely spoil even young souls. Many young Hollywood stars and athletes fail to resist the urge to try getting drunk and stoned. From drug and alcohol addictions to vehicular accidents and wrecked relationships, the public has a lasting interest on the scandals behind young icons’ juvenile destructiveness. Here are several popular celebrities who, before turning 30 years old, have already learned the hard lesson in life: that substance abuse will surely destroy not just their careers but also their lives.
After getting involved in two alleged hit-and-run accidents in 2012, the young actress declared her early retirement from show business. The latest buzz about Bynes is that her party has already settled the case filed by her two victims, who have expressed their satisfaction in the financial deal. Some Los Angeles prosecutors want her punished for allegations of driving under the influence and driving without a license. Fortunately, under state law, a civil settlement not only dismisses charges but also protects Bynes from related cases.
Professional skateboarder and snowboarder Shaun White has settled charges of public intoxication and vandalism pressed against him in Nashville. The formal complaints were dismissed after the 26-year old Olympic gold medalist agreed to complete alcohol treatment, pay restitution, and perform a 24-hour community service. White’s trouble began when he pulled a fire alarm in a hotel around 2 a.m. on September 16, causing a commotion among hotel guests. He apologized for his inappropriate behavior through Facebook, where he has over 3 million followers.
Haley Joel Osment
The 24-year old actor flipped his vehicle in July 2006 while he was driving under the influence of alcohol. At the same time, he was found to possess marijuana in his car. The former child actor, who was noted for his significant roles in the Sixth Sense and Forrest Gump, paid a fine of $1,500 and attended 26 meetings of Alcoholic Anonymous to settle his misdemeanor.
Being the highest paid Hollywood child actor of all time must have pushed Macaulay Culkin to substance abuse. After starring in many blockbuster family flicks like Home Alone, Richie Rich, and Uncle Buck, Culkin seemed desperate to grow up to shed his child actor skin. He drew controversy when he moved out of his parents’ home, married a girl he barely know when he was 18 years old, and became addicted to prescription pills and marijuana.
Drew Barrymore literally grew before the public’s eye. She was hounded by the press when she was photographed puffing her first cigarette when she was 9 years old. By the time she was 11 years old, she was already getting drunk, and at 12 years old, she was getting stoned. In her teens, she got addicted to cocaine, forcing her to at least two drug rehab programs prior to her 14th birthday. Through the years, Barrymore has mellowed.
Howard Kei is a filmographer and writer who guest blogs for movie and entertainment sites. He is also covers topics regarding addiction and recovery, including 12-step programs for blogs like http://www.drugrehabcomparison.com/blog/.