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Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine has revealed that he’s quit drinking in a bid to ensure he can spend as much time as possible with his three young grandchildren.
Michael, 88, said that his grandchildren have led him to gain a “new outlook on life” and said he’s decided to “live a bit longer” by cutting down on the booze.
The British acting legend told Candis magazine: “I've decided to live a bit longer, I've cut down on the drink and got a new outlook on life. I thought I wasn't going to have grandchildren, and suddenly I have three.”
He continued: “They're my fountain of youth and have given me a new lease of life without any of the worries or troubles. I'm completely besotted and so is my wife.”
Michael reminisced about his career but said his grandchildren are the highlights of a life that has included a knighthood and Oscar win.
He said: “I've had some high points in my life, I've won two Academy Awards and been given a knighthood, and I used to think that you couldn't get better than that but then I got my grandchildren, which is better than anything.”
His grandchildren include twins Miles and Allegra, and another grandson, named Taylor.
Michael is proud father to two daughters; Dominique from his first marriage to Patricia Haines, who is an actress, and Natasha, 48, from his second marriage to Shakira Baksh.
The Cider House Rules actor has previously spoken about how he used to drink a bottle of vodka a day during his early career but that his wife Shakira, a former model, helped him cut down after they married in 1973.
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He told the Radio Times in 2016: “I was a bit of a piss artist when I was younger, I used to drink a bottle of vodka a day and I was smoking…several packs a day. Without her I would have been dead long ago. I would have probably drunk myself to death.”
He continued: “I wasn't unhappy but it was stress. You know, ‘Am I going to get another picture? How am I going to do this part? How am I going to remember all those lines? I've got to get up at 6 in the morning and I hope the alarm works’.”
Giving up alcohol has many health benefits including aiding weight loss, improving sleep quality, reducing the risk of heart disease, and helps to improve the memory.
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