As the last Harry Potter movie in Daniel Radcliffe’s (leading role, Harry) life comes to an end his struggle with Alcohol since the age of 18 was finally talked about.
“I stopped drinking in August last year, right after I turned 21. I suppose it (alcohol) was something to make myself interesting and make myself enjoy my life; I did become very reliant on it. And I think there’s a moment when you realize that something that’s actually ultimately very destructive has crept into being a routine, so that was the moment I decided that the amount I was drinking had led me to become unhappy,” Radcliffe stated.
When approached with the idea of having peer pressure as the culprit to Alcohol abuse, Radcliffe said. “I don’t know that it’s something that would have been affected by my life or it’s something I would have stumbled upon anyway had I never been Harry Potter. But I wouldn’t put it down to peer pressure at all. If anything, the only pressure that was put on myself to drink and become good at it–which I never achieved, I was always very unsuccessful at it–was put on by myself.”
He completed filming on July 15′s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. “There’s no shame in enjoying a quiet life,” Radcliffe said. “And that’s been the realization of the past few years for 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’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.”
Not only were the Harry Potter movies heading down a darker series of events, but so was Radcliffe’s Alcohol abuse. The honesty and integrity that Radcliffe displays as it pertains to his drinking and dependence truly breaks through the stereotype of what and who an addicted person is. His acceptance and ability to want to change gives hope to anyone of any age and social standing that it is OK to admit you have a substance abuse problem and you can recover.
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Written By: Watershed Ashling