Williams Fighting Alcoholism After 20 Sober Years

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Robin Williams has gone public with his latest battle with alcoholism following tabloid reports he checked into a rehabilitation facility last month (JUL06) after a drinking binge. The movie funnyman, who has been candid about his past drugs and alcohol abuse, reportedly started drinking again while filming THE BIG WHITE in Alaska two years ago (04) and now he's back in rehab seeking help. Tabloid reports suggest the Mrs Doubtfire star checked into the Hazelden Springbrook rehab facility in Oregon last month (11JUL06) - and even celebrated his 55th birthday there on 21 July (06). Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum has confirmed the fact that the actor is indeed seeking help to control an alcohol abuse problem. She tells WENN, "After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and has decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the wellbeing of his family. "He asks that you respect his and his family's privacy during this time. He looks forward to returning to work this fall to support his upcoming film releases." Williams hopes to be healthy again to promote MAN OF THE YEAR, which hits cinemas screens in October (06). The Oscar winner follows fellow Hollywood star Mel Gibson, who entered a rehab facility last month (JUL06) following his drink-driving arrest in Malibu, California


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