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Vinnie Jones, 55, proudly marks seven years of sobriety

by Hollis Stuckey (2020-04-19)


Vinnie Jones took to Twitter on Tuesday to mark seven years of sobriety. 

The footballer-turned-actor, 55, shared a throwback image with wife Tanya, who passed away from cancer aged 53 last year, while penning an impassioned message about sobriety - where he branded alcohol 'the worst drug on the planet'. 

His tweet read: 'Tomorrow is my 7 year alcohol DRY anniversary , the worst drug on this planet will get found out one day!!! If I can quit, believe me ; you can and your life will be a million percent better! I guarantee it.






Proud: Vinnie Jones took to Twitter on Tuesday to mark seven years of sobriety


He continued: 'Join me! Get yourself dry and get your life back on track.'

Vinnie first addressed his alcoholism in 2013 when he was pictured kissing Russian singer Lama Safonova outside a Moscow bar, after which he issued a public apology to Tanya and revealed he had entered therapy.






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In his 2013 autobiography, It's Been Emotional, Vinnie wrote: tour du lịch đài loan giá rẻ từ hà nội 'That incident caused the biggest test of my 20 years of marriage. We've been through everything and this angel is still there for me through thick and thin...

'I had risked everything that mattered to me over a stupid night out in Russia...






His love: The footballer-turned-actor, 55, shared a throwback image with wife Tanya, who passed away from cancer aged 53 last year, while penning an impassioned message about sobriety - where he branded alcohol 'the worst drug on the planet' (Tanya and Vinnie in 1994)







That was then... Vinnie pictured with Madonna at the Evening Standard Film Awards in London in 2000 before he stopped drinking


'That is the lowest I've seen Tans in all the time we have been together... Now I know we have a lot of work still to do, but we both love each other more than anything on the planet and that is getting us through...

'That is why, for the first time in my life, I have started seeing a psychologist. I have virtually given up drinking alcohol... 

'I've been going to see (my psychologist) once a week for eight months. For an alcoholic to combat problems, he or she has to admit to those problems first.'

Speaking to The Guardian after he quit drinking, he said: 'The less I drink, the more my anger fades. I think that's how it started in the first place...






Tough times: His sobriety anniversary comes ahead of the release of Vinnie's book, which he penned to help others cope with bereavement and grief. The footballer-turned-actor's wife Tanya died last year aged 53, after suffering from cancer (pictured in January) 


'My parents got divorced when I was young, and alcohol seemed to trigger everything off. The problem's not the bottle - it's the case. I'm the case or nothing, last man standing. I haven't had a drink for six months.'

His sobriety anniversary comes ahead of the release of his new book, which he penned to help others cope with bereavement and grief. The personal memoir follows his grief following the death of his beloved partner of 27 years.

Publishers say the book has 'the potential to make a real difference to the way people, men, in particular, talk about loss, grief and tragedy.'






His love: Vinnie is set to release a personal memoir on his grief following the death of his beloved partner of 27 years


Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels star Vinnie said: tour đài loan giá rẻ 'I have written this book to honour the life of my extraordinary late wife, Tanya, and to help people going through grief find a way forward.

'Losing Tanya has been the worst thing that's ever happened to me and her family and friends, but I don't want her loss to be in vain.

'She would have wanted all of us to help others navigate their grief because she was always trying to help people in her own life.






Pain: 'Losing Tanya has been the worst thing that's ever happened to me and her family and friends, but I don't want her loss to be in vain'


'I'm very proud to have written this book, and I hope it both honours who Tanya was, and gives comfort to readers who have lost someone.'

Seven Dials publishing director Vicky Eribo said: 'It is rare to find a book that elicits such a strong and emotional reaction'.

She said: 'I am full of admiration for the strength he showed and continues to show, in sharing his vulnerability so candidly. I hope this will be a book that helps people in the depths of the unspeakable find an outlet for their grief.'