Jonathan Rhys Meyers has said that he is not an alcoholic but rather has an âallergyâ to alcohol. The actor was detained by police at LAX Airport earlier this month for using an e-cigarette on a flight and after a “verbal dispute” with his wife Mara.
Meyers, best-known for his role on âThe Tudorsâ, said to Mail on Sundayâs Event magazineÂ that he âlet himself downâ by relapsing, and added: âIâve never continuously drunk for any long period of time â I actually donât like the taste of alcohol.â
He told the publication: âI would be known as somebody who relapses with problem drinking, not alcoholism. I donât suffer from alcoholism â I suffer from an allergy to alcohol every time I drink it. But once I stop, I never think about it again.
âThat doesnât mean that the problem is any less, it just means I have a different version of it. But when I drink, the consequences are so devastating that it is a problem. But I never need a drink. Itâs not something that I crave.â
Meyers also spoke about ‘triggers’ in the interview, saying:Â “People who go through this, they look for things in their life that trigger them. And airports are a trigger for me, because they make you sit there for three hours, you canât smoke and youâre surrounded by alcohol. That is not an excuse however… Thereâs never an excuse for me to drink. But sometimes there are triggers that make you more vulnerable. Iâve relearnt that vulnerability and itâs now fresh in my mind again.”
He insisted that straight after the flight, from Peru, he âlearned his lessonâ and âwent straight back to meetings and got sober immediately.â
The actor has broken his sobriety a number of times over the years, most recently in September when his wife Mara confirmed that he relapsed after she had a miscarriage.