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Michael J. Fox has inspired millions with his courageous optimism and self-deprecating humor while battling Parkinson's disease. Yet the veteran comedic actor, 52, whose highly anticipated The Michael J. Fox Show debuts on NBC Thursday, says he suffered through a tremendously dark period shortly after his diagnosis in 1991 and turned to alcohol for comfort. "My first reaction to it was to start drinking heavily," he told Howard Stern on his Sirius Xm Radio show Wednesday. "I used to drink to party, but now I was drinking alone and ... every day.""Once I did that it was then about a year of »

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