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Daniel Radcliffe Reveals Battle with Alcohol

Daniel Radcliffe Reveals Battle with Alcohol

Daniel Radcliffe has opened up about his battle with alcohol at the age of 18 while working on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the sixth film in the global franchise.

The 22-year-old actor told GQ (via SMH) that he “became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff. There were a few years there when I was just so enamoured with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me.”

“I really got away with that because there were many instances when a shot like that could have been taken,” Daniel said, referring to the eminent threat of paparazzi photographing his every move.

Daniel stopped drinking last August and prefers spending his downtime home with his girlfriend rather than partying.

“I’m actually enjoying the fact I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I’m really pleasant and I’m not ….ing 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. I do that very unsuccessfully. I’d just rather sit at home and read, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh,” Daniel said. “There’s no shame in enjoying the quiet life. And that’s been the realisation of the past few years for me.”

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  • ck_always

    Silly Harry Potter, just cast an anti-alcoholic spell.

  • marq

    Daniel, what ck_always said, just might work.
    Of my own volition, I decided some 10 years ago to give up alcohol and have not changed my mind since.

    Good luck, Daniel.

  • VictoriaGirl

    Um, ck you DO realize that Harry Potter is a fictional character and not a real person right?

  • ivyjag

    Surprised, yet not surprised. Kinda explains the pictures of him in Russia last year for his birthday having a grand time in a bar downing vodka like water.

    Good luck, Dan.

  • gwen

    i am addicted to gummy bears. ma says to have only 3 but i can’t help myself and have 10. that is my demon in my belly talking.

  • QQ

    Hollyweird is such an artificial fantasy land, but chemical addictions such as that to alcohol are unfortunately all too real, and do not discriminate regardless of how much money, talent or fame you may have. Daniel seems like a very mature young man and I wish him the best.

  • Selena

    Good for him for desiding this. Everyone always said how the Harry Potter cast was so……perfect. Kinda had a feeling they weren’t.

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  • Gabby

    What?!? I’m shocked, but at the same time I’m impressed that he managed to hide that so well.

    There was a time around HBP promotion that he was looking a little rough. Guess now we know why.

  • Tara

    Wow it is so nice to hear someone my age say they don’t need alcohol to have a good time I never thought a young celebrity would ever say that, I don’t drink and it is very difficult to have a social life in this day in age without drinking

  • dayjolie

    Finally someone who admits it unlike the others who obviously drink and take drugs but have their publicists cover it up and deny it. I’m looking at the Twilight cast as the best example.

  • The Punnator

    At least it’s not a battle with marijuana..Then he’d really be Harry ‘Pot’ter woudn’t he?

  • The Punnator

    At least it’s not a battle with marijuana..Then he’d really be Harry ‘Pot’ter wouldn’t he?


  • mya

    thats brave of him. especially at his age (or any age) to admit you have a problem. just one more reason to love this guy!


    another publicity stunt to get more mature roles.

  • deadpool

    Wait, girlfirend? I thought he was gay?

  • cam

    just another way of saying hes whipped!

  • Denny

    Isn’t he gay?

  • Caroline Gritte

    Does he mean he got drunk a few times ? Nothing WRONG with that ! But if it is an addiction, good for you !

  • Pati

    Wait… Tell me if I got this wrong, ok!?
    He was never addicted to alcohol, he realized that he enjoy the thing and decided to stop before he got addicted like many other young actors. Am I right? Because if I am, that doesn’t mean that he had a battle with alcohol, just that he is very responsible!!!!

  • Mlef

    I am addicted to KOL songs and Caleb Followill’s voice.

    Help me with your magical sh.t to meet him, I’ll help you too, I’ll give you Gaga to hit each time you want to

  • 4BEE

    It’s okay to drink and party at 18 or 22 ! Actually if you don’t you’re a freak ! (LOL )

  • Lorna

    Tara, I agree with you, I don’t drink either and you really don’t need it to have a good time at all, I’m happy to know he’s realised at such a young age and nipped it in the bud before things got worse. He should be proud of himself :) Well done Daniel.

  • nick h

    what a load of tosh, so this kid thinks that going out and getting drunk all the time from the age of 18 – 22 makes him an alcoholic?? smacks of the old celebrity vulnerability/human thing to me…..your not special mate…oh yeah and mentioning you have a girlfriend all the time doesnt make you not gay….you gay.

  • Simhole

    You bunchof morons

  • Pigeon

    Morons? Space bar?

  • OK

    The media are going to jump allll over this and make it out to be even more seedy and gross than it probably was.

    Net up: a special E! program where they use loads of pics of Daniel, Emma, and Rupert frowning, set to bleak music to talk about the DARK SIDE OF HARRY POTTER.

  • Geoff S

    It’s good to hear from a celebrity, no matter how young.
    How easy it is to get caught up in the illusion that is stardom.
    Keep your feet firmly on the ground Daniel, only good can come of it.
    Boring people usually get drunk because they don’t have a personality to shine with on their own.

  • Gabby


    I think he says he was heading towards addiction. It was becoming impossible for him to have fun and function without it. That is a CLEAR sign of addiction.

    It’s very lucky that he had the strength to stop before he became addicted, because once you start that cycle, it’s really hard to break.

  • nate

    Wait, girlfriend?? Isn’t he gay? I thought he was, lol.

  • Jim

    I would say he has an “addictive” personality. He is hooked, I gather, on smoking. Good if true that he can shun the booze. Next he needs to stop smoking. Stop smoking and drinking and don’t start taking drugs. Hmmm. then what can he do for fun? Well…there ARE other things….