Harry Potter Star Revealed He Became Alcoholic But Eventually Stopped With The Help Of Friends

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Last updated: 19 March 2020, 03:51 GMT

Daniel Radcliffe revealed that he has blaming his lead character in Harry Potter franchise for turning him into an alcoholic.

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The British actor made the admission on BBC Radio 4’s latest Desert Island Discs, where guests are interviewed by host Lauren Laverne.

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Radcliffe said:

"If I went out and if I got drunk, I’d suddenly be aware of there being interest in that because it’s not just a drunk guy. It’s ‘Oh, Harry Potter’s getting drunk in the bar’."

The actor opened up about the perception of him as a child when he is still starting. He said that playing the boy wizard,

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"Carried some kind of interest for people and also a slightly mocking interest, it’s inherently funny for people."

The actor told Laverne that his way of dealing with that was just to drink more or get more drunk,

"So, I did a lot of that for a few years."

He continued:

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"A lot of drinking that happened towards the end of Potter and for a little bit after it finished, it was panic, a little bit not knowing what to do next – not being comfortable enough in who I was to remain sober."

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Radcliffe, who has been sober since 2010, praised his family and friends on set for providing him with “enough perspective on my life” to help him through his struggle in fame and attention.

The actor previously said that he attempted to stop drinking multiple times and eventually did so with the help of friends.

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He told Off Camera last year, he said:

"In my case, the quickest way to forget about the fact that you're being watched is to get very drunk. And then as you get very drunk, you become aware that 'Oh, people are watching more now because now I'm getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more'."

He also spoke to Laverne about deciding what to do when he no longer played the role that made him famous.

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He said:

"They are by that point the breadwinner for their family. So multiple people are now reliant on them continuing to do this job and they feel pressured into it and forced into it."

He added:

"I think that's why you can see people go to drink and drugs because it is fun and they're available and it seems like a good idea. There's nobody around you talking about the consequences or being ­honest with you about that."

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