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Daniel Radcliffe Says His Drinking Spiralled While Filming 'Harry Potter'

He's been sober since 2010.
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Daniel Radcliffe has spoken out about his struggle with alcohol, specifically towards the end of filming the Harry Potter films, saying that it was "panic" about the franchise coming to an end that caused his drinking to spiral.

Speaking on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs Radcliffe said: "I definitely think a lot of the drinking that happened towards the end of Potter, and for a little bit after it finished, it was panic and not knowing what to do next, and not being comfortable enough in who I was to remain sober."

Radcliffe began his role as Harry in the multi-billion dollar movie franchise at age 11 in 2000. He told Radio 4 that he felt a lot of guilt for enjoying such "insane" fame at such a young age, and that this pushes him to work even harder in his career.

"I’ll always have a part of my brain that is going—when I first walk into a rehearsal room— 'Everyone just thinks you are here because of Harry Potter', and in a large part they are right."

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Speaking about going sober Radcliffe said that it felt "weird" to give up alcohol at such a young age, but that he was "very, very happy" about the decision.

"But I will always be fascinated and frustrated by the question of, 'is this something that would have happened anyway or was this to do with Potter?’" he said.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.