Sanaa Lathan says drinking alcohol was ‘dimming my energy’ so she stopped three years ago

Sanaa Lathan has stopped drinking for the last three years and cited her energy was being drained as a reason why she stopped. The actress was interviewed by PEOPLE magazine and discussed why she stopped drinking. The 49-year-old said she wanted to prioritize her mental and physical health.

“I stopped drinking about three years ago,” Lathan said. “Alcohol was not going well with me physically. Just, it was not working anymore. It affects everything, and that’s part of the reason why I stopped, because even if you’re going out a couple of times a week and you’re drinking, it was starting to affect me throughout the week. It wouldn’t be necessarily a hangover, but it definitely dimmed my energy. I didn’t feel as good. It was affecting anxiety” she said.

Lathan also said she decided to educate herself on drinking,  “You don’t realize how over time it gets your brain out of balance as well.”

She had to deconstruct the concept that a person could only have fun with alcohol. “I had to really reprogram that aspect, because it’s just all over in our culture. So, I haven’t missed it. My life has definitely become more of a morning life, but I can still go out and have fun.”

Lathan credited her mother Eleanor McCoy for introducing her to meditation along with journaling. The practices became even more helpful after Lathan experienced the sudden death of her best friend.

“I grew up with a mother who taught me about meditation so, I did it on and off,” she said. “The reason why I came to this practice was several years ago, I went through a lot of trauma. I had a best friend who died suddenly. She was not sick. It was completely unexpected. I didn’t process it. I was in a shock type of situation.”

Lathan shared that she didn’t process the death of her best friend which led to panic attacks.

“And he was like, ‘There’s medications, but you can try holistic things first.’ And I always tend to do the holistic thing first, before I go a traditional route. So I started [meditating], and as soon as I started, they went away. There’s so many benefits. And so, I’m a huge believer, a huge advocate.”

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