Daniel Radcliffe on Alcohol Abuse: Drinking Didn’t Make “Me As Happy As I Wanted”

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Daniel Radcliffe candidly opens up about his struggles with alcohol in an upcoming interview with the UK channel Sky Arts.

The actor, who stars on the network’s “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” shares his regrets about spending years drinking until he would black out.

“I would have benefited from not drinking as it was not making me as happy as I wanted to,” Radcliffe is quoted as saying.

The star used alcohol as a crutch to cope with ever-increasing Harry Potter fame, and admits he was stressed over the future of his career.

“It is not a real pressure, but it is a pressure of living with the thought, ‘Oh, what is all these people are saying I am not going to have a career? What if they are all going to be right and will be laughing and I will be consigned to a bunch of ‘Where are they now?’ lists?'” Radcliffe is quoted as saying.

He notes, “People don’t shout Harry Potter at me now, they tend to know my name, which is lovely.”

Still, Radcliffe looks back on the franchise with fondness.

“I will always credit the opportunities I get to Harry Potter,” he says. “I would not be a happy person if I was bitter about those ten years of my life.”

Radcliffe will celebrate four years of sobriety in August.

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