Why Was Adele was Bored when she Gave up Alcohol?

Sabrina Vallis
3 min readFeb 9, 2024

Abstinence is boring, but relapse can be worse.

Adele on an i-phone “When we were young.”
Photo by Abhijith Venugopal on Unsplash

There is an unlikely enemy in sobriety which Adele highlighted at a Las Vegas concert last year.

While interacting with some crowd members at one of her Las Vegas residency shows, the “I Drink Wine” singer revealed that she quit drinking.

Adele made her revelation while she teased a concertgoer for drinking “a pint of whiskey sour”.

“I stopped drinking — it feels like forever — maybe, like 3½ months,” she said after teasing the drinker. “It’s boring. Oh my God, it’s boring.”

“I mean, I was literally borderline alcoholic for quite a lot of my 20s,” she said later. “I miss it so much … so enjoy your whiskey sour. I’m very, very jealous.”

She had previously admitted to sinking four bottles of wine before lunch time at one point.

(That is nearly 40 units in four or five hours and theoretically would put someone in a coma at least; she either had extremely high “tolerance” when the body is kicked into high gear at detoxing, or she is lying.)

In November 2023 she announced her return to drinking:

The singer, 35, has decided to imbibe once again after staying sober for a few months.

As she prepares to enjoy some time off before starting her 2024 tour, the Grammy winner told the crowd at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace that she was lifting her self-imposed drinking ban.

Well, that did not last that long. And if Adele was really drinking that much during Covid she was not a borderline alcoholic but full blown!

However, what I am interested in is how she is bored by not drinking.

Most of us will adjust over time to the lower dopamine spikes but I suspect her job which encourages those same spikes but not artificially just through the nature of performing will keep her brain questing for the same highs whether she is performing or not.

The other thing about jobs or addictions that create highs is that you continue to chase them long after the curtain has gone down! Even if you know that tomorrow you may have to perform again.



Sabrina Vallis

Sobriety writer. NLP Master Practitioner and Nutritionist. Current research: Addiction and the Brain: Ways to Heal. Neuroscience helps us quit.