Jack Vidgen shares why he quit drinking alcohol

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Jack Vidgen has candidly spoken about the pros and cons of giving up alcohol, five months after the singer went sober.

Responding to a fan during a recent Instagram Q&A, the out singer confirmed he’s still off booze, before sharing the pros and cons of life without it.

“Yes still sober. Drinking wasn’t really my downfall though,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I wasn’t an alcoholic.

“It blurred by decision making though, which led to other things. I’ll talk about all of this more one day.”

Jack then candidly broke down the “pros” and “cons” of sobriety.

“I have a lot more clarity in life,” he said.

However, the singer added, “I do love the taste of red wine and am yet to find a good non alcoholic one.”

Jack said he likely won’t remain sober forever.

“I’m not sure I won’t drink forever. I just want to make sure I’m in a place in life and within myself to handle it,” he wrote.

“I do believe we can heal from trauma. My substance use was more about escaping my reality of some of the things that have happened through my life.

“I hadn’t dealt with them. I am now dealing with them.”

Jack Vidgen’s comments come after the singer admitted himself into a Sydney rehabilitation facility for substance abuse last August.

In May this year, the singer talked about that struggle in 2020, as his industry shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the time an Instagram follower asked him, “What kept you busy during the pandemic?”

“I wasn’t busy. The pandemic was a really hard time for me (like for so many),” Jack responded.

“It really fast tracked my abuse of certain substances.

“[I] found myself in a recurring cycle which felt like a nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from.”

Jack told QNews.com.au in June he wrote his latest single Love Me Lonely just weeks before he chose to go sober.

“Life has been better [since then] it has the last five years,” he said.

“A big part of my life over the past four or five years has been the queer club scene in Sydney.

“As much as that world is so fun and I’ve got such great memories of great times, it almost killed me.

“I never know how much to share and how much to not share.

“But if I can share some of my story and it’s going to help someone that’s a good thing.”

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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