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'Harry Potter's' Daniel Radcliffe admits past drinking problem

July 4, 2011 |  1:19 pm

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe just turned 21, and he's already given up drinking. It turns out the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 " star partied a little too hard over the years and decided to call it quits a while back.

Radcliffe admitted to boozing it up while filming the 2009 blockbuster "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" (for non-Potterites, that would be the sixth flick in the franchise).

"I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff," he told GQ-U.K. "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."

And no, it wasn't butter beer he was guzzling: Radcliffe said he was a whiskey guy before going dry in August 2010. However, he couldn’t be happier with his sober new life.

"I'm actually enjoying the fact I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I'm really pleasant and I'm not [messing up] totally all the time," he said.

Sweet, right? Get this, he added, "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."

And don't expect him to be having even a single drink to celebrate the opening of "Deathly Hallows — Part 2" on July 15.

"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," he said.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Daniel Radcliffe. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press.