Daniel Radcliffe rose to fame at just 12 years old when he was cast as Harry Potter.
However, fame came at a cost.
In an interview with The Off Camera Show, Radcliffe describes struggling with alcohol to cope with fame:
Daniel Radcliffe: “There is an awareness I really struggled with, particularly in my late teens, when I was going out to places for the first time, where you would like, feel—again, it could have largely been in my head—but you would feel watched when you went into a bar, when you went into a pub.
"...the quickest way of forgetting about the fact that you're being watched was to get very drunk."
And then, you know, in my case, the quickest way of forgetting about the fact that you're being watched was to get very drunk. As you get very drunk, you become aware that—Oh, people are watching more now ‘cause now I'm getting very drunk. So I should probably drink more to ignore that and so—it can affect your psyche.“
Sam Jones: “How did you sort of pull yourself out of that spiral? ‘Cause that was probably the fulcrum in your life where it could have gone either way.”
Daniel Radcliffe: “Yes, I think so. I mean, you know, it took a few years and it took a couple of attempts. But I think I have been just unbelievably lucky with the people I've had around me at certain times in my life. And ultimately, it was my own decision. Like, I woke up one morning after a night of going like, this is probably not good. When I think of like, the sort of chaos I used to invite into my life, I'm like, I'm really much happier now.”
In his book, Lost Connections, Johann Hari describes how people may connect to substances, like drugs and alcohol, if they struggle to make connections that fulfill their needs, such as meaningful relationships with other people.
People may connect to substances, like drugs and alcohol, if they struggle to make connections that fulfill their needs, such as meaningful relationships with other people.
Luckily, Radcliffe was able to connect with other people who helped him overcome his need for alcohol.
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