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Rodney King: ‘I don’t drink like I used to’

  • King notes, 'I’ve learned a lot over the years about the effects of alcohol'
  • Dr. Drew to King: 'You’re great around recovering people'

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Rodney King: ‘I don’t drink like I used to’

Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by LAPD officers sparked the Los Angeles riots 20 years ago, recently sat down with HLN’s Dr. Drew to talk about his struggle with alcohol addiction.

King, who's been arrested on a number of different occasions, mainly for alcohol-related crimes, told Dr. Drew Wednesday night about the number of alcoholics in his family, including his own father, who died at the young age of 42.

“I’ve learned a lot over the years about the effects of alcohol,” King noted.

But he later added, “I’m really comfortable with myself these days. I don’t drink like I used to.”

King, who also speaks to addicts at recovery centers, received a compliment from Dr. Drew at the end of the interview.

"You’re great around recovering people," he said. ”They love you and you love them."

King has appeared on VH1’s "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" and VH1’s "Sober House" in the past, seeking help for his addiction problems.

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