Michael J. Fox on Parkinson’s diagnosis: My first reaction was to drink

Wednesday on the Howard Stern Show, actor Michael J. Fox stopped by to talk about coping with Parkinson’s disease and his career as an actor.

Fox told Howard that before turning to therapy to cope with Parkinson’s – a move that helped his marriage and changed his outlook on the disease – he self-medicated using alcohol.

“It just felt helpless. It felt unfair in a way,” Fox said of the diagnosis. “My first reaction to it was to start drinking heavily. I used to drink to party, but now I was drinking alone. Everyday.”

Howard also asked Fox what led to him replacing Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future.

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