Jada Pinkett Smith Confronts Will Smith About His Alcohol Consumption

By Kelly Burch 09/25/19

Pinkett Smith put a spotlight on the "Gemini" star's vacation drinking on a recent episode of her Facebook talk show, "Red Table Talk."

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Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith discussed their alcohol use and letting loose on a recent episode of Red Table Talk.

On the episode, which focused on nutrition and wellness, the Smiths were joined by their three kids, Trey, 26, Jaden, 21, and Willow, 18. The family talked about common health issues, including substance use. 

Their Drinking Habits

Jada reveals that she “doesn’t drink a lot of alcohol at all, any more” before asking her husband about his alcohol use. 

“That’s my personal business,” he replied, seemingly joking. "I respect that it's your show, but at the end of the day, this is a house that we share.” 

Smith went on to reveal that he drinks once or twice a week. He also said that on vacation, it’s a bit more. "On vacation time... it was a lot," Smith said. 

The family also paused awkwardly when asked about marijuana use. 

“Everyone knows we’re 420 friendly, let’s be real,” Willow said. 

Jada has been open about her past alcohol abuse and her family’s history of addiction. On an earlier episode of Red Table Talk she said that she went cold turkey after realizing she was drinking too much. 

"I remember reaching a rock bottom that time I was in the house by myself and I had those two bottles of wine and was going for the third bottle," she said, according to Too Fab. ”And I was like, 'Now hold up. You're in this house by yourself going onto your third bottle of wine? You might have a problem.’"

Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms

It wasn’t the first time she had realized she was using unhealthy coping mechanisms. 

"My sort of addictions jump, they jump around," she said. "When I was younger, I definitely think I had a sex addiction of some kind. That everything could be fixed by sex. You know what I’m saying?"

In the family that Jada grew up in, addiction was accepted as normal. Both parents lived with addiction and her father, Rob, eventually died from his addiction. All of that left Jada surprised to make it to adulthood. 

"I grew up in a drug-infested neighborhood where you walk out each day and you just hope that you make it. I came from a war zone," she said in 2012. "There was a possibility that I wouldn't make it past 21—that was the reality. When I turned 40 (last year) it was a surreal moment because I had never imagined reaching 40."

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.