I’ve said it before, but in college, I knew my share of frat stars. You can see ‘em coming from a mile away: popped collars, neck straps for the sunglasses they wear at night, and breath that proves they honor Trashy Tuesday, Wine Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, and F’ed-up Friday as legitimate holidays. Sadly, some fratastic fellows never grow up and continue to chase skirts, chug booze, and “male bond” until beer bellies and gray hair make them little more than pitiable. But luckily, many more take the high road, one which twenty-something actor Daniel Radcliff has recently revealed that he’s chosen.
News broke yesterday that Daniel Radcliffe, Broadway actor and star of the Harry Potter film saga, has had a years-long battle with alcohol dependence. In a statement, Radcliffe said his drinking had been present previously, but became a noticeable problem on the 2009 film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
The upside? He says he hasn’t had a drink in nearly a year.
Blaming his skyrocketing stardom as the catalyst for his drinking, he says, “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.” Adulthood is tough - it demands more of you than any college course and, while you might not be a movie star, there will be times you may feel like you’re just playing the role of a “grownup.”
But there comes a point where you have to move on from what may have felt like the best four years of your life and start to embrace the next phase. While life after college may have different demands and different definitions of “fun” that may not include getting blackout drunk on a regular basis, you can make any part of your life the best yet, and it doesn’t take drinking to do it. After all, what’s the point of having a good time if you can’t even remember it?
21 year-old Radcliff says it best: “I’m actually enjoying the fact I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I’m really pleasant and I’m not f***ed 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 . . . I’d just rather sit at home and read, or go out to dinner with someone, or talk to somebody I love, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh. There’s no shame in enjoying the quiet life."