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Philip Seymour Hoffman

A Single Drink

Ultimately Led to Death

2/6/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Philip Seymour Hoffman's recent and fatal path down the road of addiction was triggered by an innocent drink ... sources close to the actor tell TMZ.

Hoffman had been sober for 23 years prior to shooting "The Master" -- but during a wrap party in 2012, the actor succumbed to temptation ... and celebrated the movie with a drink ... which quickly became a couple of drinks.

Hoffman acknowledged to confidants ... the drinks opened the floodgates.  Addictions experts all say one drink can destroy an addict's life ... and that seems to be what happened here.

Sources tell us Hoffman didn't begin experimenting with heroin until 2013, after he had already fully fallen off the wagon. We're told he had long been curious about the drug.

It started with snorting -- and last May, he quickly checked into rehab because he was terrified it would escalate to IV use ... which it eventually did.


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I started drinking after seeing the movie The Master. That movie melted my eyes from the sockets and killed most of my remaining brain cells. WORST movie I have EVER seen. Number One WORST film in my top ten worst. LAST VEGAS just made the list or LEGENDS OF THE FALL Part 2, as I call it.

198 days ago


How long do we have to hear about this loser? Most people I hear say they never heard of him until now.

198 days ago


From looking at the film it should have been Phoenix.

198 days ago


Why do some people think they can just simply try that drug when they know in their heart that one is addicted on the very first dose.

198 days ago


More nonsense. Drug addiction is a serious matter that never truly goes away. It's a day to day battle that can last for years. One drink didn't spiral Hoffman. It might have set off the latest battle with addiction, but I'm sure it was one of many incidents.

198 days ago


His one drink relapse is based on the disease theory of alcoholism. The brain has what are called dendritic spines, which is where memories are stored, and this is where the connection for relapse occurs. Ironically, some brains have shorter spines genetically, and scientists are learning such brains develop new pathways that do not link to old memories, thus avoiding the craving and need for alcohol.

198 days ago

Frank P.    

This certainly blows up the theory that marijuana drives people to drugs like heroin. Excuse me for being trite but we are all the captain's of our own ships and the waters we sail them in,

198 days ago


pure bull ****-----his fault ---without doubt -----still sad to waste such a bright light----if he was ghetto guy would such a fuss be made

198 days ago


Jesus, it's like the guy had no self control at all

198 days ago


WHO F..KING CARES! He was selfish and left behind a family and was a HEROIN ADDICT !! He wasn't a kid!! I feel bad for these young kids that are on this ****. JESUS GUYS! he was a grown man!! LET IT GO!

198 days ago


50 or 70 Bags if a Black man got caught with that much Heroin he would be called a dealer not just a user. Maybe he was the window to the stars.

198 days ago


WHO F>>KING CARES!!! He left behind a family making him SELFISH! He was a grown man, NOT A KID! I feel bad for these kids that are on this **** and don't really know better! LET IT GO! You do drugs you PAY!! SIMPLE! Awwww lets feel sorry for the celebrity! Its happens in the streets every day!!!

198 days ago


That one drink in believing you got it under control is your unraveling.

198 days ago


I'm so sick of this excuse. I would be 200 pounds if I believed any of this. The reason why I am NOT 200 pounds and 5'3" tall is because of FREE WILL. Addicts are all using this "one drink will lead to collapse" thing as their big excuse to just lose all control and stuff themselves.........but not on food, on drugs and drink. Give me a break.

198 days ago


Give us all a break from this excuse making. I would be 200 pounds at 5'3: tall if it weren't for FREE WILL. What, one cookie and it's downhill from there? And don't tell me it isn't the same thing. Food makes you high too, and it's comfort and love and stuffing yourself to do something with your pain, suffering, boredom, too. This is the ultimate excuse if I ever heard it. You either practice knowing how to apply your brakes or you don't..........period! And then you die.

198 days ago
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