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Harry Potter: Lush?

Daniel Radcliffe reveals his battle with booze.

Harry Potter: Lush?

Daniel Radcliffe looking a little bleary in London.
Daniel Radcliffe looking a little bleary in London.

Say it ain't so. Daniel Radcliffe, best known as the boy wizard, Harry Potter. has admitted to a serious problem with alcohol. A potted Potter?

"I became so reliant on [booze] to enjoy stuff," Radcliffe told the British edition of GQ magazine.

This comes on the heels of Corey Monteith, the innocent Finn on Glee, revealing his own history of drug abuse.

What's next? Spongebob Squarepants telling the world he's a heroin addict?

Radcliffe, currently starring the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, said that he got carried away with his own success.

"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," he says.

Drinking began to be a real problem during the shooting of 2009's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince . Radcliffe is amazed that the tabloids didn't catch on to his overindulgence.

"I really got away with that because there were many instances when a paparazzi shot like that could have been taken," says the 21-year-old actor.

Radcliffe says he put the plug in the jug last August. He's so serious about his sobriety that he skipped the premiere party for the finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opens July 15. (See trailer below.)

Instead of celebrating, he spent the night watching "the Discovery Channel ... [with] a bowl of Sugar Puffs."

"There's no shame in enjoying a quiet life," he concludes. "And that's been the realization of the past few years for me," he says.

Maybe you're more suited to the Hobbit lifestyle, Harry.


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A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.

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