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Bradley Cooper has revealed that he once battled with drug and alcohol abuse, and that he is now sober at age the age of 37.
In his twenties, Cooper went through a phase of overindulging in drugs and partying. He admits "I don't drink or do drugs at all anymore.”
"Being sober helps a great deal” he also told The Hollywood Reporter.
Cooper, who shot to notoriety after starring in The Hangover, recalls “I was at a party and deliberately bashed my head on the concrete floor -- like, 'Hey, look how tough I am!' And I came up, and blood dripped down. And then I did it again. I spent the night at St. Vincent's Hospital with a sock of ice, waiting for them to stitch me up."
He also admitted that his friends would caution him about his lifestyle and urge him to get clean.
“Part of me believed it, and part of me didn't,” he said. “But the proof was in the pudding: I'd always gotten up at the crack of dawn, and that was out the window. I remember looking at my life, my apartment, my dogs, and I thought, 'What's happening?' "
Giving more insight into his mindset at that time of his life, he explained “I was so concerned what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day. I always felt like an outsider. I just lived in my head. I realized I wasn't going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, 'Wow, I'm actually gonna ruin my life; I'm really gonna ruin it.' "
Hollywood.com reports that among Cooper’s many projects coming out, he has The Hangover III and Serena coming out next year.