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With every extravagant showbiz success story, there is often an accompanying tale of wildness, of partying, and of regret. The younger the star, the longer the party, that’s your basic rule of thumb.
However, one person to whom no one expected this rule to apply is Daniel Radcliffe. Partly because he seems to be such a consummate professional, and partly because, well, he’s done nothing but work ever since the first Harry Potter film.
However, Daniel has recently revealed that he managed to cram his already fairly stuffed schedule with a fair amount of serious drinking. He told GQ magazine: “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.”
He says his drinking was becoming such a problem that he’s now resolved to live a teetotal existence, at the tender age of 21. He gave up alcohol last summer, and would rather spend time at home than hit the showbiz nightlife.
He explained: “I’m actually enjoying the fact I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I’m really pleasant and I’m not f***ing up totally all the time.
“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. There’s no shame in enjoying the quiet life. And that’s been the realisation of the past few years for me.”
I hope you’re reading this, Lindsay Lohan.
Are you as surprised that Daniel was a secret wild child as we were? Tell us here.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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