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Actor Martin Sheen is set to destroy his good-guy image in a shocking new book, which will expose his past booze-fuelled rages and alcohol problems.
The former TV president has teamed up with writer Christopher Kennedy Lawford to reveal all about his darkest days in Moments of Clarity.
In the book Sheen says, "When I drank, it gave me permission to do things that I normally would not do."
And he tells Lawford that he regrets being so violent towards his children when they were young.
In a book extract, obtained by America's the Globe, the former West Wing star recalls one morning when his actor son Charlie - then 16 - became the victim of his father's bad temper.
Sheen explains Charlie had come into his sleeping parents' bedroom to look for lunch money and when he found his mum's purse was empty, he swore and woke his father, who punched him to the ground.
Sheen remembers, "He looked up at me and for the first time in my life I saw myself. I saw what I looked like in his eyes. I was a monster. I was this raging lunatic who would physically assault his son."
The veteran actor changed his ways at that point, but still fears Charlie's infamous problems with drugs and alcohol were a result of his own bad parenting.
He adds, "I taught him everything he knew. I never got into drugs that way, but I used to drink with the lads on a few occasions." »
Alec Baldwin has confessed that he knew he had an alcohol addiction when he was drinking wine while driving in the middle of the afternoon. In his contribution to Christopher Kennedy Lawford's book Moments Of Clarity, the 30 Rock star admitted to a dependency on drink, drugs and video games. "I would play video games from 9am to 11am, and I would wind down," he said. "I'm driving down the road, I'm having a drink, It's 4 O'clock; I'm supposed to have a drink. But one day I went, 'I don't (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Alec Baldwin realised he was an alcoholic when he found himself drinking wine while driving at 4pm in the afternoon.
The actor began boozing heavily when his acting career took off in his early 20s, and the habit soon took a grip on his life.
He reveals he would regularly party all night, drinking and snorting cocaine, and then spend hours obsessively playing videogames in an arcade before he could sleep.
Baldwin makes the revelation in Christopher Kennedy Lawford's new book Moments of Clarity, in which a group of celebrities discuss their addictions and how they turned their lives around.
The 30 Rock star writes, "I would play video games from 9am to 11am, and I would wind down.
"I'm driving down the road, I'm having a drink, 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. They're drinking coffee and they're drinking diet coke. They're not drinking wine'."
Six weeks before his 27th birthday, Balwin joined a support group, and kicked the addiction for good.
He adds, "God got me sober. That day God was a black, 65-year-old retired postal worker named Lenny. Lenny said, you never have to feel this way again if you don't want to."
3 items from 2009
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