Monday 20 May 2019

Graham Norton: Princess Leia convinced me to go to AA

Graham Norton, inset Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars
Graham Norton, inset Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars
TV chat show host Graham Norton
Carrie Fisher in Star Wars
Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford in the original Star War's movie

Chat show host Graham Norton has opened up about his relationship with alcohol in a new autobiography.

The BBC presenter revealed how Carrie Fisher, famous for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, convinced him to go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Billie Lourd with her mother Carrie Fisher
Billie Lourd with her mother Carrie Fisher

But 51-year-old Norton decided not to abstain from booze, regularly opting for one glass of wine on his Friday night show because he felt "in control".

In an excerpt from his book, The Life And Loves Of A He Devil and serialised in the Daily Mail, the Eurovision Song Contest host wrote: "I have actually been to a few meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous thanks to my friend Carrie Fisher, she of Princess Leia fame.

"Her problems with addiction are well documented and she persuaded me to accompany her to an AA session in Los Angeles. Initially, I was reluctant because I feared I would realise I was the same as these people who told nostalgic stories about their crazy nights and how long they had been dragged by alcohol.

"I realised at those AA meetings that, although we did share some of the same stories, I had reached a very different ending from the others. I prefer my life with booze in it, but the members I met didn't have that choice to make. They couldn't live if drink remained in them.

"The big question is: do I have a problem? On one level, I obviously do because I drink far too much. But on the other hand, my rationale would be: Where's the harm?"

The book is due to be published on October 23.

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