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Baldwin reveals alcohol epiphany

January 11, 2009

Actor Alec Baldwin says in a new book that he once had a moment of clarity regarding his alcohol abuse while driving on a freeway in Santa Monica, Calif.

The 30 Rock star writes in Moments of Clarity, actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford’s compilation of real-life stories of addiction, that he noticed he had an alcohol problem while taking a drive in 1983, the New York Post said Sunday.

I’m driving down the road, I’m having a drink, Baldwin wrote. It’s 4 o’clock; I’m supposed to have a drink. But one day I went, ‘I don’t see anybody else in their car with a plastic takeout container filled with ice and wine.’

Baldwin details other moments of clarity such as receiving a knowing stare from a girlfriend’s grandfather or concerned comments from the operator of an arcade where he liked to relax.

The 50-year-old actor also writes about how at the age of 26, he finally took steps toward overcoming his addiction, the Post reported.

God got me sober. That day, God was a black, 65-year-old retired postal worker named Lenny, Baldwin writes in Lawford’s book. Lenny said, You never have to feel this way again if you don’t want to.’”


Source: upi



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