Entries in Alcohol Abuse (2)


Heather Locklear Not Going to Rehab

John Shearer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- When Heather Locklear was rushed to the hospital on Jan. 12 after mixing alcohol and Xanax, many speculated whether the Melrose Place actress would return to rehab for a third time. But according to a source close the family, that is not the plan.

Instead, the 50-year-old actress has resumed the ongoing sobriety program she began and maintained in 2011 until the difficult split with her fiancé, actor Jack Wagner. Locklear will work with doctors who will monitor her progress, and she will continue to be tested monthly for drugs and alcohol. The family is also receiving support from UCLA to help with the anxiety caused by the breakup.

According to the source, Locklear had not had a drink for months. But her split with fiancé Jack Wagner in November and receiving numerous bottles of wine as gifts for Christmas led her to fall off the wagon. At the time of her hospitalization, Heather was “menopausal, depressed and dealing with a great deal of anxiety of a recent breakup,” said the source. “When her sister suspected something was wrong, she didn’t mess around and called 911.”

Though she was the one who called off the three-month engagement to Wagner, she was still struggling with it in January.  According to our source, Locklear, who has been married twice before, decided she didn’t want to walk down the aisle again. But Wagner did, which caused big disagreements between the couple until she finally ended it.

Locklear’s previous issues with depression and substance abuse and her family’s history of alcoholism led her to voluntarily turn to experts at UCLA for support. She’s reportedly back to her daily 90-minute workout routines and also doing therapy to address the breakup and anxiety associated with it.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Alcohol Killed Amy Winehouse, Coroner Rules

Samir Hussein/Getty Images(LONDON) -- An inquest into the death of Amy Winehouse resulted in a verdict of "misadventure," reports the BBC.

The coroner determined that Winehouse was five times over the British legal limit for drunk driving, having had 416 mg of alcohol in her blood at the time of her death. The legal limit is 80 mg, or .08 percent.  That makes Winehouse's blood alcohol level when she died .416 percent.  In addition, three empty vodka bottles were found in her London apartment.

The BBC reports that the coroner, Suzanne Greenway, said, "The unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels [of alcohol] was [Winehouse's] sudden and unexpected death."

The inquest also found that Winehouse had not had a drink three weeks prior to her death on July 23, which may have exacerbated the effect of alcohol on her body.

Prior toxicology reports determined that Winehouse had "no illegal substances" in her body at the time of her death.

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