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Michael J. Fox turned to drink to help him cope with Parkinson's

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Sep 25, 2013 | 8:52pm EDT

Actor Michael J. Fox turned to booze to help him cope after learning he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In a new interview with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern, which aired on Wednesday (25Sep13), the Back to the Future star admitted he came close to giving up on life after he was told about his condition in 1991, and feared he'd never be able to act again. He explained, "It just felt helpless. It felt unfair in a way. My first reaction to it was to start drinking heavily. I used to drink to party, but then I was drinking alone... Every day." Fox finally sought therapy and admitted, "It all started to get really clear to me." He explained, "My marriage got great and my career started to (take off again)." After a series of guest roles on TV and a documentary about happiness, Fox is now leading the cast of his own new show, The Michael J. Fox Show, about a newsman with Parkinson's disease who returns to the air.

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