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THE STARS WHO'VE BATTLED THROUGH.

BRAVE Kevin will join a roll call of celebrity names who have successfully battled the booze.

Only last week The Mirror revealed how Mrs Merton star CAROLINE AHERNE had joined Alcoholics Anonymous after a suicide attempt.

Rock superstar SIR ELTON JOHN admitted drink and drugs abuse over a 20-year period before checking himself into a drying-out clinic in America.

Guitar legend ERIC CLAPTON has been sober for 11 years and still regularly counsels alcoholics, even playing a concert at the AA annual Christmas party.

He is also building a drying-out clinic near his Caribbean home in Antigua for local boozers.

Beatle RINGO STARR also sought help after he and wife BARBARA BACH descended into a booze-fuelled lifestyle brought on by boredom.

Actor SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS still attends AA meetings after nearly 20 years on the wagon.

"I go along if I feel a wobble," he says.

Fellow actor GARY OLDMAN confessed to alcoholism two years ago and admitted himself to a booze clinic.

Comedian JIM DAVIDSON was downing two bottles of brandy a day before he sought help and cleaned up his act.

And Fantasy Football star FRANK SKINNER confessed he had also been an alcoholic before he hit the big time.

Pop star ROBBIE WILLIAMS successfully fought a battle against booze and drugs.

After quitting top British band Take That the singer began to enjoy the high life too much.

He said: "When I was four, lads were laughing at my belly.

"I've had a problem ever since and being in Take That just magnified it."

After a spell in a drying out clinic he emerged a stone lighter and a lot healthier.

TV star and radio presenter JONATHAN ROSS has also managed to beat the booze.

He claims he knew it was time to quit boozing when his thirst for champagne was outstripping his passion for designer suits.

During the height of his alcohol addiction the one-time king of celebrity chat's weight exceeded 15 stone.

But when his wife Jane became ill, he was forced to look after his children and he went on the wagon.

He ended up losing two-and-a-half stone.
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Date:Jul 29, 1998
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