Hollywood hunk Mel Gibson has paid tribute to the two women who saved him from ruining his life - wife Robyn and singer Tina Turner.

The LETHAL WEAPON star stopped drinking alcohol over ten years ago, after both ladies insisted he had a problem with booze.

Turner confronted the hunky Australian about his problem whilst shooting Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985.

He says, "She stayed with a man who was horrible to her, and she'd seen it. She handed me a photograph of myself one day, and she'd written on it with an eyebrow pencil or something.

"She said, 'Don't f*** this up,' on the picture. It wasn't too long after that I figured out what she meant."

Gibson, who admits "I used to drink six bottles for breakfast", was then prompted to seek professional help when wife Robyn - mother to his seven children - threatened to leave him in 1991.

The 47-year-old says, "When Robyn threatened to go, I went to ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS. Now I only drink water. My wife gives me a great deal of courage and holds the Gibson family together.

"Of all the people I know she has been the biggest influence on me."

11/08/2003 21:06