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Robin Williams Fighting Alcoholism After 20 Years Sober

Robin Williams - Alcoholism RecoveryRobin Williams Fighting Alcoholism After 20 Years Sober

Robin Williams went public with his latest battle with alcoholism following tabloid reports that he had checked into a rehabilitation facility again after a drinking binge.

The movie funnyman, who has been candid about his past drug and alcohol abuse, reportedly started drinking again while filming The Big White in Alaska, and then two years later went back into rehab to seek help.

Tabloid reports suggested the Mrs. Doubtfire star checked into the Hazelden Springbrook Rehab Facility in Newberg, OR and even celebrated his 55th birthday there.

Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum confirmed the fact that the actor was indeed seeking help to manage an alcohol abuse problem.

She stated: "After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family."

"He asks that you respect his and his family's privacy during this time. He looks forward to returning to work this fall to support his upcoming film releases."

Williams hoped to be healthy again to promote Man Of The Year, which hit cinemas screens in October.

The Oscar-winner follows fellow Hollywood star Mel Gibson, who entered a rehab facility in September of 2006 following his drink-driving arrest in Malibu, California.

Source: Ireland Online - 10/08/2006

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