Obama Admits Heavy Drinking, Drug Problems As An 'Adolescent' In Rare Video Footage Obama on his adolescent years in a rare video of a 2001 interview: -"I was a thug," a "mischievous child" -"I got into fights." -"I drank and did-and consumed substances that weren't always legal." -"I might have drank a six-pack in an hour before going back to class" The clip validates other statements made by Obama, who has admitted to using cocaine and marijuana during his high school years.