Sam Smith says he’s given up alcohol for his mental health

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sam Smith is currently on tour in promotion of his second studio album, “The Thrill of It All,” but his success has come with a price.

In an interview with The Sun, the 25-year-old revealed that he has been suffering from anxiety the past few months.

“I get massive anxiety. I really struggle. I was so nervous at the Grammys this year,” Smith says. “I thought I would be more in control of my body and emotions but I get so nervous, to the point I’m almost having panic attacks.

“Sometimes I need people who I love around me to tell me, ‘Pull yourself together, you’re being a drama queen – it’s too much now, Sam, so rein it in,” he continued.

Smith explained that his anxiety became a big problem in December but he has since taken up meditation and given up alcohol.

“My anxiety levels and mental health went through a shaky period at Christmas,” Smith says. “But I’ve started meditating now, I am not drinking, I am trying to look after my mental health.”

He says that with his recent success he found himself drinking a lot. Now, he’s realized staying sober is better for his mental health.

“I was going out drinking way too much. Of course, you want to celebrate that these amazing things have happened but you can’t celebrate all the time,” he explains. “I’ve been completely off the booze for three weeks now. I never want to make promises but being sober is something I’m interested in. When I don’t drink and I’m not smoking cigarettes, when I’m completely clean, I feel so focused and happy.”

Smith says not drinking has improved his life so much that he thinks he will stay sober for the rest of the year.

“I don’t see myself drinking for the rest of the year because of the tour. I am more fun when off the booze — it’s nice. I am enjoying it now and we will see how it goes,” Smith says.

Recently, Smith has become more open about his personal life. He and “13 Reasons Why” star Brandon Flynn went public with their relationship in December.

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