David Arquette Tells Oprah: I Had My First Beer at Age 4

Courteney Cox's ex -- who's been sober for more than a month -- admits that his alcohol abuse started at a very young age

It's no secret that David Arquette has been struggling with addictions. But now the actor, who was released from rehab earlier this month, is coming clean on just how far back his relationship with drugs and alcohol goes.

In a new interview with Oprah Winfrey (airing Thursday), the Scream 4 star reveals he was just a preschooler when he had his first encounter with alcohol. "When I had my first drink of beer, I must have been 4 years old," says Arquette, 39. "I was down in the basement with my dad and beer was there, and I just grabbed it and drank it. And I remember that. It's one of my earliest memories."

As the years went on, Arquette's experimentation expanded. "I seriously started drinking probably when I was about 12," he reveals. "I stole pot from my father when I was 8 years old."

The actor says he voluntarily checked himself into rehab after a literal wake-up call from his sister Patricia and his estranged wife, Courteney Cox.

"I came back from Miami and I had taken a nap. I woke up and Patricia and Courteney were at my bed," he recalls. "Courteney had a cup of coffee. I was like, 'What are you two doing here together?' I already knew."

"Courteney's like, 'Do you mind coming out to the living room for a minute?' I said, 'Sure, let me get dressed.' I put on this white outfit and came out. I peeked my head out and (I saw) my best friend Hartwell and my business partner and some guy I don't know. I go 'What up, turkeys? I guess this is my intervention!'"

Arquette has been sober since Dec. 29, and he and Cox continue to raise their 6-year-old daughter, Coco, together.

A source tells UsMagazine.com: "(They) are still great friends and getting along really well."

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