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Mel Gibson Celebrates

I'M 5 YEARS SOBER!

8/1/2011 1:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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It's been FIVE YEARS since Mel Gibson's infamous 2006 DUI arrest -- and sources close to the actor tell TMZ, he's been off the sauce ever since ... and celebrated the sobriety milestone with friends last week.

Mel was arrested on July 28, 2006 -- and from that day forward ... we're told he hasn't taken a sip of booze.

Mel and some buddies commemorated the occasion last Friday -- and the actor is telling friends ... even though it's been a rough couple years, he's ultimately grateful for his arrest that fateful night.

Time really flies.

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whatevs    

he's still a tool.

1149 days ago
2.

Wishes    

But TMZ, I thought you had pictures of him from last year in a bar in Malibu drinking???? Remember????

1149 days ago
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Strokadellic    

Congratulations, SUGAR T!TS.

1149 days ago
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TMZ dont like me    

He looks really demented in that pic...

1149 days ago
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Stormy    

Congrats to Mel he definitely deserves it!

1149 days ago
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Mikey P    

He's still a loony toon, but good on him for staying sober, it's a huge personal accomplishment.

1149 days ago
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rock2187    

you mean he said that stuff SOBER???!!!

1149 days ago
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Alicia    

Good on you, Mel! Happy anniversary! Now stay away from the Crazy Ladies for some peace in your life. You've earned it!

1149 days ago
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rock2187    

Do you mean he said "rose garden and pack of n.ggers" sober??!!

1149 days ago
10.

writenow    

Dear Mel,

You acted this way while not drinking? Wow. Has anyone mentioned not drinking means not drinking?

It doesn't equal sanity.

Perhaps it would be nice to listen to voices other than yours.

1149 days ago
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Kathy    

Sorry--meant to say I saw the drinking pictures with him AFTER the DUI arrest.

1149 days ago
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Kathy    

Baloney!! I remember seeing pictures of him drinking (near drunk) at parties--on TMZ site.

1149 days ago
13.

Scrum    

Good for you Mel! You're a big enough mess when you're sober.

1149 days ago
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Pony Princess    

CONGRATS TO YOU MEL, FOR BEING A REFORMED ALCOHOLIC. NOW IF YOU COULD ONLY GET HELP AND BECOME A REFORMED NARCISSISTIC WOMANIZER, THAT WOULD BE GOOD!

1149 days ago
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Be a little inappropriate~    

So no one can blame alcohol for his personality nice to know...

1149 days ago
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