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Defeating demons, but not by magic

It’s come out in the news in recent days that Daniel Radcliffe, aka troubled wizarding hero Harry Potter, has been battling a problem with alcohol over the past few years.

RTE.ie reported that in an interview with GQ magazine, the actor speaks openly about his drinking, and how he realised it wasn’t working for him.

How he knew

“I became so reliant on alcohol to enjoy stuff. There were a few years there when I was just so enamoured with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me…”

When you think about the pressure a lot of us feel to drink, to fit in and be cool, for someone in Daniel’s situation – endless cash, endless parties, famous friends and no limits – you can see how it could all have gotten out of control. But realising that you’re not handling it is a big step, and recognising the signs helps a lot – have a look at becoming a problem if you’re worried about yourself or a mate.

Adapting

Daniel hasn’t had a drink in 10 months, and says that he is much happier about his life now. “I’m actually enjoying the fact I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I’m really pleasant and I’m not ****ing up totally all the time.”

He also admits that it’s not easy realising that drinking and partying is something he can’t really do at the moment.

“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. I’d just rather sit at home and read, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh.”

From the outside

Stories like this one aren’t unusual. We are constantly bombarded with tales about celebrities’ screw ups – about their addictions, their trips to rehab, their heartbreaks and their crumbling careers. But it can be hard to compute the idea that someone like Daniel Radcliffe, who has played a hero for a whole young generation, wasn’t always on track.

He’s made more millions than you could spend and (here we get proper jealous ) got to run around BEING A WIZARD for his teenager years while the rest of us sat in Maths class, but turns out he’s actually gone through some really tough times in his life too. Things weren’t perfect, but he got on with it, even if his life has maybe turned out a little different to how he imagined when he first got famous.

Talking about it

That’s why it’s great that he’s talking about it. He knew he had a problem and he’s learned to live his life in a way that works for him. Things looking perfect from the outside doesn’t mean that they are, and unless you talk about it – with your mates, your family, with someone you trust – people mightn’t know that you need a bit of support. Talking about your tough times and how you got through them also helps other people to know that they’re not on their own, that it happens, and that you can get through it. Not by magic, but with a little help.

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