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Daniel Radcliffe Is Human

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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9:49AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

a niceee young man............ visit university of Nigeria nsukka for educative information......http://www.unn.edu.ng/

5:35AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

He's quite handsom.

4:47PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

THANKS

5:57AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:49AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Good kid. Admits a bad choice. overcame.

5:27AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

After all, Harry Potter is only a fictional character.

8:10AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

He should stay away from Hollywood! too many young actors have gone belly-up from drugs and alcohol there... and he is a charming young man and a good actor... we have watched him grow up in his series of HP films and now it is time to move on...to better things...away from Hollywood...

4:42AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

I've never wanted to be famous. . . why would anyone really want that?

7:27PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

I like him even better now.

3:33PM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Wow, I didn't know Daniel was this cool about everything. Even if he is a child star, he still talks and lives like any other person. :)

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