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Harry Potter & the Alcohol Demon

No, this is not the title of a new Harry Potter novel. Recently, the Internet has been abuzz with news of Daniel Radcliffe’s dependence on alcohol and how he has dealt with the problem. The revelation was kind of a shock for his fans because he has always come across as a clean-cut wholesome guy. While it’s not clear if Radcliffe had enrolled in an alcohol abuse recovery program, it’s good to know that he has defeated the Alcohol Demon.

Radcliffe was a just 12-year old boy when he started playing the boy wizard in the movies based on the highly popular Harry Potter novels. Through the years, he had risen from a relatively unknown actor to become one of the most recognized stars in the film world. Along with the immense fame and fortune, it’s logical that he was facing tremendous pressure as expectations mounted with each subsequent movie. By the time he was working on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, he was 19 years old and drinking heavily. According to Radcliffe, he wanted to experience the fast and wild lifestyle of a celebrity so he began to drink whiskey on the set.

After completing the last film of the franchise, Radcliffe began to do some serious reflections and realized that he was treading on dangerous waters. He decided to give up alcohol and enjoy a quiet life of reading, going for dinners, having meaningful conversations or spending quality time with his girlfriend. Many people take up drinking to escape from the pressures of work and life. Soon, they become reliant on alcohol, digging a hole which just gets deeper and deeper. It’s fortunate that Radcliffe came to his senses quick enough but there are many actors, singers, sportspersons, and folks from all walks of life who continue to battle the Alcohol Demon without much success.

The most important thing is to know that you have a problem and you want to overcome it. Have you thought of going to an in-patient alcohol rehab center? There’s no shame in wanting to live a more meaningful life away from alcohol and check into an addiction recovery program. Make your move today!