Selma Blair Alcoholic At Age 7 “The First Time I Got Drunk It Was A Revelation”
Actress Selma Blair shared details about her struggles with alcoholism and the effect substance abuse has had on her life in her new memoir “Mean Baby” which is set to release on May 17.
Blair confessed that her decades-long issues with addiction and alcoholism began when she was just 7-years-old. ‘The first time I got drunk it was a revelation,” she said in her memoir.
The actress spoke candidly about her suicide attempts and the sexual assaults that she endured during her youth. “I don’t know if I would’ve survived childhood without alcoholism,” Blair said. “I did start young with that as a comfort, as my coping mechanism.”
Blair discussed an incident that happened during Passover when she was just 7-years-old. She recalled taking “small sips of the Manischewitz” and said the sensation filled her up “with the warmth of God,” so she drank more.
“It turns out I can get the warmth of the Lord from a bottle, thank God there’s one right here,” she wrote in her memoir.
Blair’s alcohol abuse continued into her adult years and only got worse in her teens and 20s. “I became an expert alcoholic, adept at hiding my secret,” she said.
Blair wrote of an incident during a spring break when she said that she was raped by at least one man, and admitted that due to her drunken state, she couldn’t be sure whether the other male who was present had raped her too.
Tragically, that wasn’t the only rape incident resulting from overconsumption of alcohol. “I have been raped, multiple times, because I was too drunk to say the words ‘Please. Stop,” Blair said.
Blair has been sober since 2016 and said she wrote her memoir in hopes that her traumatic story will help others facing issues related to alcohol. “I wrote the book for my son . . . and for people trying to find the deepest hole to crawl into until the pain passes.”
The actress is focusing on a brighter future, and after sharing the painful details of her addiction, Blair said she’s optimistic about the future, “I’m in a good place.”
“I cannot believe all this happened in my life, and I’m still here and I’m okay.”