If you have seen Daniel Radcliffe’s interview on Inside the Actors Studio, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he would be open about his struggles with alcohol. He seems very much someone who doesn’t mind sharing information about personal struggles if it helps others, or even just to have a laugh at himself. “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 said. (Source: Nymag.com) Recently Daniel said he has quit drinking and has found that he nows enjoys a quieter life.
Going from living in the manner of most school children in England to one of the most recognizable actors on the planet must have been very trying at times, to say the least. Alcohol is often something people turn to when they are facing highly stressful periods. It is relaxing, but unfortunately is also addictive. “Alcohol is a depressant that slows brain activity down. While one or two drinks makes most people feel relaxed, more alcohol may cause feelings of anxiety, depression, and often aggression.” (Source: Radford.edu)
Self-medicating behavior with alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs is common when people have not employed or developed healthier ways of dealing with stress. Chronic stress can lead to depression, and alcohol does not mix well with depression at all, although the person who uses alcohol to escape may believe it is reducing their suffering.
“Stress, or drugs such as alcohol or cocaine, can activate a gene that is linked to depression and other mental problems. The result can give rise to seizures, depression, manic-depressive episodes and a host of mental problems.” (Source: about.com)
You might be thinking that his sudden, worldwide fame sounds exciting and glamorous, and he has said it was, but such large, new changes can also be very stressful. In the case of sudden movie star fame as a child, it can also be something parents are not prepared to deal with so the child can become very disoriented by all the money and social opportunities.
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