Adele Announces She Quit Drinking 3 Months Ago: “I Was Borderline Alcoholic”


Adele has had a rollercoaster relationship with alcohol. The multi-award winning singer has long been open about how much she has loved a drink or two over the years.

She even sings about it in her hit single “I Drink Wine” on her 2021 album, “30”. But she’s also had periods of sobriety, choosing to abstain from alcohol during particularly tumultuous times of her life.


While chatting with the crowd at one of her Las Vegas residency shows in October, she revealed she quit drinking three and half months ago, although doesn’t expand about what led her to make the change.

Previously, she took some time being sober after her divorce from Simon Konecki and has opened up about her dad’s toxic relationship with alcohol.

While we don’t know if Adele is taking a little time out from drinking or if she’s making sobriety a permanent change, she is joining a whole host of celebrities who have made the decision to go sober.

Lily Allen announced she is four years sober earlier this year, having previously opened up about her struggles with alcohol addiction and substance abuse. Tom Holland originally took part in Dry January, before deciding to continue not drinking as he felt he has more “mental clarity”, and Liam Payne chose to quit alcohol after finding it didn’t serve him anymore.

In Adele’s typically candid style, read ahead for all the times the singer has opened up about alcohol and sobriety.

Adele Reveals She’s Sober After Being a “Borderline Alcoholic”: October 2023

Adele Says She Was 'Borderline Alcoholic'

During her Las Vegas show on Oct. 13, Adele spotted fans in the audience drinking pints of whiskey sours. “I stopped drinking quite a long time ago…I stopped drinking, when did I stop drinking? It feels like forever. Maybe like three and a half months ago,” she announced via a video shared on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“It’s boring. I mean, oh my god, it’s boring. I was literally borderline alcoholic for quite a lot of my twenties, but I miss it so much. I cut out caffeine, so enjoy your whiskey sour, I’m very, very jealous,” she added.

Some have speculated she cut drinking prior to her son, Angelo’s eleventh birthday. During the same show, she revealed that she has been planning week-long celebrations for her only child.

Adele Talks About Drinking During the Covid Pandemic: March 2023

While addressing the audience at a March Las Vegas show, she spoke about the difficulties of 2020, when the world was put in lockdown amid the Covid pandemic.

“I remember when I came here in Covid, in lockdown, it was 11am and I was definitely like four bottles of wine in — like we all were,” she said, via the Daily Mail. “I said in 2020 that I wanted to put my album out. And we were all at home just drunk basically.”

Adele Tells Oprah About Quitting Drinking After Her Divorce: November 2021

The “Easy on Me” singer sat down with Oprah to discuss her life as she released her album, “30”. During the chat, which included discussions about her weight loss, being a mum, and her boyfriend Rich Paul, she also spoke of how she turned to alcohol during the midst of her divorce from Konecki.

“At first, I was probably keeping the alcohol industry alive,” Adele said of the first few months after getting divorced. “Once I realised that I had a lot of work to do on myself, I stopped drinking, and I started working out lots and stuff like that to keep me centred.”

Adele Sings About Alcohol in “I Drink Wine”: November 2021

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When Adele’s album, “30”, was released, it included a song titled “I Drink Wine”. The accompanying video sees her being poured glasses of rosé as she sings the lyrics: “When I was a child, every single thing could blow my mind / Soaking it all up for fun, but now I only soak up wine.”

Adele Speaks About Her Dad’s Relationship With Alcohol: October 2021

Adele was the cover star of Vogue in October 2021, during which she spoke more about her years growing up. Her dad, Mark Evans, died from cancer in May 2021, and the pair had long had a strained relationship.

Adele saw him before he died, but she recognizes that alcohol played a part in their difficulties. “I’ve always had a very close relationship with alcohol. I was always very fascinated by alcohol. It’s what kept my dad from me. So I always wanted to know what was so great about it,” she said to the outlet.

She goes on to speak about the press who pounce if they think a celebrity might be drunk. “They descend, and descend, and descend on you, which drives you f*cking mad,” she added.