Channing Tatum appears on the cover of the June issue of GQ magazine, and in the accompanying interview, he makes a comment about his alcohol consumption which I don’t think had the desired effect on me. I think he likely meant it to be lighthearted and jokey, but it ended up just leaving me worried about him, and also a little disappointed that he’d be so cavalier about what could be a real problem for him, and which already is a real problem for so many people.
Channing talks about his interest in sculpting clay, and reveals he enjoys doing it at night with wine or bourbon. That’s when he explains just how much wine or bourbon we’re talking about:
“I probably drink too much, you know,” he says. “My wife, that’s what she bought into.… I’m probably a pretty high-functioning, I guess, you know, I would say, alcoholic, I guess.” He likes how it slows down his mind. “There’s probably a tendency to escape. I equate it to creativity, and I definitely equate it to having a good time.”
Needless to say (or so I thought), if you drink enough to say you’re an alcoholic, that’s not good, whether you’re “high-functioning” or not. And calling yourself an alcoholic in jest doesn’t make it okay. It’s troubling that he drinks enough to make that comment in the first place, and it’s also troubling that he would talk about it in such an offhand manner. It’s probably not the healthiest thing that he associates “a good time” and “creativity” with drinking a lot. Since he has a baby daughter, that’s especially disappointing.
The writer does mention that having a child has made Channing “cut back,” and he also apparently won’t be drinking for the time he’s making Magic Mike 2. But he’s already planning for the drinking he’ll do after that, saying that then “it’s go time.” Excuse me while I narrow my eyes at this whole thing. I’m obviously in no place to diagnose Channing, but since every other day it seems like a celebrity is entering or reentering rehab, comments like that are not the kind of thing to be taken lightly.
(Photo: Sebastian Kim/GQ)