Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe Admits Past Drinking Problem

>According to CNN’s Marquee Blog, actor Daniel Radcliffe confessed to UK’s GQ magazine that he no longer drinks after battling an alcohol problem for several years.

Radcliffe catapulted into international fame in 2001 for his starring role as Harry Potter in the widely successful Harry Potter book-to-movie series. He revealed that his drinking use and abuse was fueled by his newfound fame.

“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,” said the 21-year-old actor.

He admits he developed a penchant for whisky and partying: “I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff.”

As of last August, he gave up alcohol altogether realizing he had a serious problem and it was only a matter of time before paparazzi would exploit his alcohol-fueled excess.

Today, instead of drinking and partying, Radcliffe says, “I’d just rather sit at home and read, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh. There’s no shame in enjoying the quiet life. And that’s been the realization of the past few years for me.”

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