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Anne Hathaway has decided to quit drinking until her toddler son moves out in 18 years

‘I don’t totally love the way I do it.’

THE VAST MAJORITY of us know what a hangover feels like; headache, nausea and an existential angst so severe you begin questioning every word you ever uttered and every move you ever made.


As such, most of us also know that these symptoms aren’t exactly conducive to an environment in which you’re required to care for – and ultimately entertain – another human being.

We mean, we’ll all do it of course, but we’ll also question why we assumed we’d be firing on all cylinders despite the fact all evidence pointed to the contrary.

If this ever crossed your mind when facing into family life following a night on the pints, you’re not alone. In fact, Anne Hathaway is right there with you.

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“I quit drinking back in October,” Anne told Ellen DeGeneres during a recent interview, and when Ellen probed further Anne revealed that her period of abstinence would be for the next 18 years. 

We know; we thought Dry January was an achievement.

After telling Ellen she recently ‘drank the night away’ on set with Matthew McConaughey, the Oscar-winning actress gave further insight into her relationship with alcohol, explaining:

I’m going to stop drinking while my son is living in my house because I don’t totally love the way I do it.

“And,” she added, “He’s getting to an age where he really does need me all the time in the morning.”

I did one school run one day where I dropped him off at school. I wasn’t driving but I was hungover. That was enough for me. I didn’t love that.

What about you? Have you ever considered ditching drink until the kids have flown the nest?

Poll Results:

I'm not a parent. (546)
I wouldn't ditch it just because I've become a parent. (528)
I've considered it many times, but haven't done it. (230)
I actually did ditch it. (166)

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