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Zac Efron Open up about his Alcohol Addiction

May 1, 2014 Zac Efron

Zac Efron has no qualms about discussing his alcohol addiction problems in the past.

On The Hollywood Reporter’s May 9 issue, the actor talks about his days of struggle with his alcoholic ways. "No matter who you are, you face challenges growing up," Efron explains. "You go with your things, you learn, you have to. It's impossible to lead an honest and fulfilling life as a man and not make mistakes and 'fess up to them when you need to. But it's especially humiliating when they happen to be so public and so scrutinized. When you have success young, and you accept the good things, you have to accept all of it. You have to accept the moments of glory but also a great responsibility. And that responsibility, to some degree, involves being a role model. At the same time, I'm a human being, and I've made a lot of mistakes. I've learned from each one."

The often-anxious actor, who is a self-described insomniac, admits he is guilty of "over

thinking things."

The stunner talks about “the struggles of dating, of falling in love, of searching for love and being there for your friends when they need you. There's no question that to receive anything great, like love or respect, or to better yourself, you have to give a piece of yourself away."

Efron also speaks about his recent scuffle with a homeless man in L.A.

"I was drinking a lot, way too much," he says, acknowledging there were drugs, too. "It's never one specific thing. I mean, you're in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? Everything is thrown at you. I wouldn't take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did. But it was an interesting journey, to say the least. I had a friend come pick me up late at night—we were looking for a place downtown to get a bite and catch up. We were having trouble finding somewhere...and the car ran out of gas off the 110. It was ridiculous. We had to pull over, and I called Uber [car service]."

While waiting, Efron says, "A homeless guy, or vagrant, tapped on the driver's-side window. Before I knew it, [my friend] was out of the car, and they started fighting. I saw that [the homeless man] was carrying some sort of a knife, or shank, and I got out of the car to disarm him. At some point, he dropped the knife, and I got hit pretty hard in the face—and almost instantly the police were there to break up the fight." The movie star now calls the incident "the most terrifying moment in my life."

Efron who has checked into a rehab last year says, "I just started going," he says. "And I think it's changed my life. I'm much more comfortable in my own skin. Things are so much easier now." Even so, Efron's addiction issues still linger. "It's a never-ending struggle," he explains.

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