March 25th, 2011
09:42 AM ET
Russell Brand plays an eccentric billionaire coping with love and alcohol in the upcoming comedy "Arthur," and the actor can relate to both themes in real life.
A former alcohol and drug abuser, the Brit comic has been clean and sober for eight years and still attends AA meetings three times a week.
"The only way to cope is with a program," he tells Details of handling addiction. "If you stop doing the recovery, even eating too much chocolate, something will flare up, and I know where that leads, because I've been there before. To me, the gravity is heroin, and then death. You know, to sleep."
While Arthur may have a tricky time finding true love, Brand is nicely settled into married life with singer Katy Perry, whom he wed last October.
"There are a lot of areas where I've simply relinquished decision-making," he says. "It really does make my mates laugh, though. I do not go with the flow. I quarrel with flows. I build dams. I drain lakes. I split oceans when required."
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