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Ben Affleck used drinking as a coping mechanism when he felt ‘trapped’ in his marriage to Jennifer Garner (Picture: Getty Images)

Ben Affleck has opened up about his alcohol addiction and admits he would ‘probably’ still be drinking if he was still married to ex Jennifer Garner.

The screenwriter and actor was married to Jennifer for 10 years, from 2005 to 2015.

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They share three children together: Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12 and Samuel, nine, and remain friends following the divorce, with Jennifer even joining Ben and his rekindled flame Jennifer Lopez, for trick-or-treating with the kids in October this year.

However while Jennifer and Ben, both 49, have an amicable relationship now, by the end of their marriage the pair were struggling.

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The Gone Girl star spoke on The Howard Stern Show this week w. he said that, had they not split up, they would have likely ‘been at each other’s throats,’ admitting ‘I probably would still be drinking’.

Ben is now sober after several stints in rehab, and while alcoholism runs in his family, he says ‘part of why [he] started drinking alcohol’ is because he was ‘trapped’ in the marriage to Jennifer.

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Ben is now sober but had a long and difficult journey to get t. (Picture: Getty)

He thought: ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I’m not happy, so what do I do?

‘So what I did was like, drink a bottle of scotch and fall asleep on the couch, which turned out not to be the solution.’

Though he ‘loves and respects’ Jennifer, Ben knew they ‘couldn’t be married any longer’.

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‘We grew apart, we had a marriage that didn’t work. It happens,’ he told presenter Stern.

The couple ‘tried and tried and tried’ for the sake of their children, but eventually called it quits.

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They were married for 10 years and remain friends (Picture: Getty Images)

Ben said he and Jennifer separated ‘amicably’ despite ‘moments of tension’ over the split and custody of their kids, but he ‘always knew she was a good mom’.

He went on to detail his journey toward sobriety, admitting it was difficult and took a long time, but he feel ‘lucky’ that he was able to kick his addiction before his relationship with his children suffered.

Ben’s third stay in rehab to treat his alcohol addiction, in 2018, was spearheaded by ex-wife Jennifer who drove him to the facility in LA.

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She had reportedly grown fearful her children would ‘grow up without a dad’ and urged Ben to seek treatment, before she staged an intervention at his Pacific Palisades home.

Ben had previously said he wanted to get sober in order to ‘be the best father I can be.

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‘I want my kids to know t. is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a . of strength for anyone out t. who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner for comment.

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