Daniel Radcliffe reveals ‘deconstructive’ drinking past

Washington: Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he stopped drinking, as it was “very, very destructive”.

The 22-year-old actor also said that he was glad he realized he had support to help him quit alcohol.

The ‘Harry Potter’ star, who hasn’t touched alcohol since August 2010, admitted that he was “desperately trying” to convince himself that he was a party animal when he hit the bottle.

“I stopped drinking because it was becoming very, very destructive to me. I was trying to live up to what I thought and 18 or 19 years old should be doing, in the pursuit of fun,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying.

“Desperately trying to convince myself I was a party animal who loved bringing chaos down on myself, and I did that for probably three years,” he said.

However, Radcliffe experienced a moment of clarity following a drink-induced “blackout”, which made him realize it was time to give up alcohol altogether.

“I was doing it alone, every day, and had been for quite some time. It was absolutely a problem. I woke up, after eight hours of, you know, blackout, not knowing how I’d got home, and just went, ‘I think I may have something to deal with here’.

“And maybe all those people who were telling me I did were right. And I did. And with a lot of help from a lot of friends. I haven’t had a drink since August 2010,” he added.


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