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In the News: George Lopez Arrested for Passing out Drunk in Canadian Casino

George Lopez, who is featuring in the new FX comedy “Saint George,” showed less-than-saintly behavior following a show in a casino in Canada, according to reports. The comedian was arrested for public intoxication at Caesars Windsor in Ontario after officers found him passed out on the floor of the casino bar, reported TMZ. He had performed at the casino just before his arrest.

52-year-old Lopez was allegedly taken into police custody after they were informed of the situation by the casino’s security. The report said that no charges were filed against Lopez. “Saint George,” which debuts March 6 on FX, stars Lopez as a successful Mexican American businessperson who is trying to deal with aging and dating after getting divorced from his “all-American” Anglo wife.

George Lopez says revenge is a dish best served drunk … or at least something like that. Just one day after getting arrested for public intoxication at Caesars Windsor, Lopez took the stage and openly spoke about his arrest. The comedian opened the show saying, “I just did in Windsor, what Justin Bieber does in America” … then told the viewers he took 52 shots before passing out in the bar of the hotel the night before. Lopez didn’t seem to let the arrest bother him much and was very casual about the whole incident. He was reportedly just thrown in a drunk tank to sober up and released with no files charged.

I’m not sure if George Lopez has an actual problem with alcohol or is just a hardcore drinker but either way, getting that drunk in public and sleeping on a casino floor should definitely tell you that you need to reevaluate a few things. I know plenty of people who aren’t alcoholics but still have had consequences due to drinking and were able to stop once things got bad enough. Hopefully this situation will wake Lopez up and get him to get his act together.

I know for me, it never mattered what my consequences were when I was drinking or getting high – I was still going to continue drinking and using. If you are the “real deal” alcoholic/addict like me, than you know this to be true for you, as well. The only thing that ever helped me in staying sober and being a normal functioning person was going to 12-step meetings and working a program of recovery.

Whether Lopez is an alcoholic/addict or not, it would probably be good for him to explore meetings and see if maybe he has a problem. He is very fortunate that no files were charged against him and has an opportunity to take a look at his behaviors. Falling asleep on a casino floor sounds like something I would have done in my active addiction, so who knows!

If you’re having issues with alcohol abuse, the best solution I’ve found is to go to anonymous 12-step meetings and work the program – get a sponsor, work the steps, go to meetings, get a connection with a higher power and help others. It’s really a simple program for complicated people. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


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