'I don't want to live that way anymore' - Brad Pitt opens up on his drinking

The 53-year-old was involved in an FBI investigation last year

'I don't want to live that way anymore' - Brad Pitt opens up on his drinking

Brad Pitt attends the 'Allied' premiere in Madrid in November 2016 | Image: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has spoken about his drinking, saying he did not want to live like that anymore.

He told GQ magazine: "I mean, we have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground.

"I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good.

"(I) Don't want to live that way anymore."

The 53-year-old said he has replaced alcohol with "cranberry juice and fizzy water" - adding "I've got the cleanest urinary tract in all of LA, I guarantee you!".

He told the publication: "I can't remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something.

"Something. And you realize that a lot of it is, cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I'm running from feelings.

"I'm really, really happy to be done with all of that. I mean I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family.

"But even this last year, you know—things I wasn't dealing with. I was boozing too much".

Pitt also said that the past six months was a "weird" time.

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Last September when he was on a flight to Los Angeles aboard a private plane, there was a reported altercation between Pitt and one of his six children.

A phone call was made to authorities, which triggered an FBI investigation, which ultimately was closed with no charges.

Five days later his wife, Angelina Jolie, filed for divorce.

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Gina London is a former CNN correspondent.

She told the Pat Kenny Show here on Newstalk that Pitt is looking to recreate himself.

"This interview, very candid it appeared to be, he takes a lot of the ownership, he takes the responsibility talking about his boozing - as he calls it - from the time he was in college on.

"I think it actually says a lot to him about wanting to keep that family intact.

"He goes on to say how he aspired to be smoking pot with Willie Nelson and Snoop Dog - and that sort of thing.

"The result of that is that he's now living on his own in the home that he once shared with Angelina and the children; and he makes a remark in that interview that it's very quiet and solemn there now, where it once had the boisterous clattering of children.

"And that he really is finally taking responsibility as a father and an adult."

"It sounds like he is really trying to recreate himself - and he says himself there at 53, he feels he's got so much more to give and he really wants to take his time to make it right".

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