Daniel Radcliffe says end of Harry Potter contributed to his alcohol abuse

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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has been open about his past struggles with alcohol multiple times before, and he has now talked about how the end of the film series made things worse for him.

Appearing on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, the actor said a lot of the problem stemmed from "not knowing what to do next".

"I definitely think a lot of the drinking that happened towards the end of Potter, and for a little bit after it finished, it was panic and not knowing what to do next, and not being comfortable enough in who I was to remain sober," he explained.

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The actor also said that alcoholism is something that's common in his family, and he has pondered whether he would have struggled, and later got sober, if he hadn't starred as the boy wizard.

He went on: "I will always be fascinated and frustrated by the question of: is this something that would have happened anyway or was this to do with Potter?

"I will never know. It runs in my family, generations back. Definitely not my mum and dad, I hasten to add."

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The recently had to deny that he had been tested positive for coronavirus after an internet hoax claimed that he had.

"I think it's just because I look ill all the time so you can believably say it about me 'cause I'm very pale," he said. "That's the internet. Flattered they chose me."

Alcohol Concern offers information, advice and support with their questions about drinking and the problems that can sometimes be caused by alcohol. For more information, visit Alcohol Concern’s website.

Drinkline also offers free, confidential advice to anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s drinking on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm).

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