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'Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe Reveals Battle With Alcohol

Daniel Radcliffe, star of the 'Harry Potter' franchise, reveals in a new interview that he developed an addiction to alcohol while shooting the hit films.

"I became so reliant on alcohol to enjoy stuff," Radcliffe tells GQ.

"There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person's lifestyle that really isn't suited to me."

Radcliffe says he stopped drinking last August, around the time the final installment of the Harry Potter series wrapped last summer.

"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," he says.

"There's no shame in enjoying a quiet life. And that's been the realization of the past few years for me."

"I'd just rather sit at home and read, or go out to dinner with someone, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh."

The 21-year-old actor says he now spends more time with his girlfriend "where I'm really pleasant and not f--king up totally all the time."

"I really got away with that because there were many instances when a paparazzi shot like that could have been taken," he admits.

As for the $75 million fortune he has amassed playing to the boy wizard, Radcliffe says: "I don't know what to do with it. I'm very fortunate to have it, and it gives you room to manouevre."

"But the main thing about having money is it means you don't have to worry about it. And that for me is a lovely thing. It's not for fast cars and hookers."

"But 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.'"

July 5, 2011 |

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