Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Radcliffe was 'reliant' on alcohol

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe said he has not touched a drop of alcohol since August last year
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe said he has not touched a drop of alcohol since August last year

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he has given up drinking after becoming "reliant" on alcohol.

The actor, 21, said that he has not touched a drop of alcohol since August last year, when he realised that he was not suited to the party lifestyle.

Radcliffe said that he began to think that he should be living a "celebrity life" and became "a little bit" complacent while filming the 2009 Potter adventure The Half-Blood Prince.

He told GQ: "I 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.

"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 go out to dinner with someone, or talk to someone I love, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh. There's no shame in enjoying a quiet life. And that's been the realisation of the past few years for me."

Radcliffe skipped the after-party for the most recent Potter premiere and went home and "sat and watched the Discovery Channel and had a bowl of Sugar Puffs."

He said of being teetotal: "I'm actually enjoying the fact that I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I'm really pleasant and I'm not f****** up totally all the time."

Radcliffe will be seen later this month in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II, and is starring in the Broadway show How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

He said of his future: "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'. 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."

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