• Selma Blair hasn't had an easy life
  • The actress now admits her alcohol addiction
  • This is why Selma Blair drank as a small child

Though she is a successful actress, Selma Blair, 52, has endured many misfortunes. Now she shocks with a confession from her childhood.

Selma Blair: Already addicted to alcohol at the age of 7

Selma Blair confesses to People magazine that she became addicted to alcohol at the age of 7. "I don't know if I would've survived childhood without alcoholism," she said. The alcohol gave her comfort and relief. It became her way of dealing with difficult things.

At a Jewish festival, Selma Blair came into contact with kosher wine for the first time. She described the feeling she felt when she first experienced alcohol as a revelation: "I got drunk that night. Very drunk," she recalled.

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And further: "Eventually, I was put in my sister Katie's bed with her. In the morning, I didn't remember how I'd gotten there." This formative experience led to years of addiction that she learned to hide.

When she felt bad, she secretly turned to alcohol. Her parents didn't know anything about it. "I became an expert alcoholic, adept at hiding my secret," said the actress. Alcohol accompanied her not only in her childhood, but also later in her youth.

Selma Blair was assaulted under the influence of alcohol

A heartbreaking reveal: Selma Blair says she was raped in college while under the influence of alcohol in her early 20s. "I have been raped, multiple times, because I was too drunk to say the words 'Please. Stop.' Only that one time was violent. I came out of each event quiet and ashamed," she said.


Selma Blair rose to fame in 1999 with the film Cruel Intentions. At the time, nobody knew that she had had years of binge drinking. Blair has worked through her past in her biography Mean Baby. Additionally, the actress is in therapy to deal with her childhood.

In 2018, Selma was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the chronic autoimmune disease. Despite her difficult childhood and illness, the actress manages to stay positive.

Today, Selma Blair understands that alcohol is not a solution, and she has proven her strength time and again in recent years.