The famous horror writer has fought a great battle with alcohol and other drugs. Stephen King had a tough life that pushed him to alcoholism. His father abandoned the family when he was two and his mother had to work really hard in order to support the family. Stephen had a constant fear of losing his mother and admitted that he was intoxicated when he gave the eulogy at her funeral. In 1987, his family intervened and King made a decision to remain sober ever since. He has spoken about alcoholism in his novels as well as his college tour career.