Sober Owen Wilson
09:30 04 February 2005
Owen Wilson has slammed claims he's a recovering alcoholic - but admits he regularly attends Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.
The 'Starsky and Hutch' star claims he goes to the rehabilitation sessions for research, but insists he's not going there to overcome alcoholism.
He said: "It definitely helps people, but it's probably not great for somebody at AA to talk to the press - and I don't think I'm an alcoholic."
Last year, it was claimed Owen had enrolled on the programme after he realised he needed help to deal with his drinking.
A source revealed at the time: "He's made a very brave and important step. Owen enrolled in the programme because he has a problem with alcohol and realises he badly needs to do something about it."
"At the first meeting, Owen introduced himself with the words: 'I'm Owen and I'm an alcoholic.'"
Owen had reportedly become known as a drinker and his behaviour was beginning to concern people.
One Los Angeles club owner said: "About six months ago Owen used to be here all night downing vodka and cranberry juice. He was a big drinker."
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