‘Harry Potter’ Star Daniel Radcliffe Reveals His Battle with Alcohol

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We’re more used to seeing Daniel Radcliffe fighting fictional demons rather than real and worrisome ones. Perhaps he is a Muggle after all.

The boy who became a man in front of the world as Harry Potter, has given an interview to GQ, perhaps (NewsFeed says cynically) thinking of a post-Potter future, by discussing that he’s given up drinking after becoming too reliant on alcohol.

The 22-year-old said he hasn’t touched a drop in nearly two years now after accepting that he might have had a problem. “I became so reliant on alcohol to enjoy stuff,” he explained to the British edition of the monthly men’s magazine. “There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me.”

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Radcliffe has noticed the considerable differences to his lifestyle since making the decision. “I’m actually enjoying the fact I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I’m really pleasant and I’m not f*****g up totally all the time. As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time, that doesn’t work for me.”

Whether the somewhat startling revelation works for his fans remains to be seen. Radcliffe is acutely aware that the transition from child star to mature actor has been anything but smooth for many of his peers. That said, he’s made an encouraging start, currently wowing ’em on Broadway in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and has also starred in a revival of Equus. “If I can make a career for myself after Potter, and it goes well, and is varied and with longevity, then that puts to bed the ‘child actors argument,'” he affirmed, before belligerently stating that, “If I can do it, in the biggest film franchise of all time, no other child actor who comes after will ever have to answer those same bloody questions.”

Or, in other words, not have to turn to drink if the pressures involved in making movies, and the celebrity lifestyle that comes with it, gets to be too much. (via Daily Mail)

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