Michael J. Fox’s drinking increased following Parkinson’s diagnosis

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, Michael J. Fox turned to work and booze.

“I took every job I could get,” the 57-year-old actor told People. “I was isolating myself from my family.”

Fox — who revealed he hid empty bottles from wife Tracy Polan — recalled waking up to her neutral expression following a night out in 1992, after she and their then 3-year-old son, Sam, discovered him passed out on the couch with beer spilled from a can beside him.

“I did a slow can from her feet to her face, expecting to find her really angry,” he said. “She wasn’t. She was just bored.”

Before walking out the door, Pollan, 58, said to her husband, “Is this what you want? This is what you want to be?”

Fox turned to a therapist to cope with the life-altering diagnosis.

“Acceptance isn’t resignation,” said the father of four. “Now I can move on. I can start the foundation. I can work with other patients. I can be with my family and allow them to worry about me.”

The actor established the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000 for Parkinson’s research. It has raised close to $1 billion to date. In the next five years, he hopes “we’ll be able to predict it, and we’ll be able to stop the progress of the disease.”

As for Pollan’s 30-year marriage to Fox, she said giving your partner benefit of the doubt is key.

“Find the best things about you and the best things about life and celebrate them,” Fox said.

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