EXCLUSIVE: Ben Affleck Boozing Again After Rehab Stay

Jan. 27 2010, Published 11:27 a.m. ET

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Ben Affleck has fallen off the wagon and is boozing again despite swearing off alcohol for good when he checked into rehab in 2001, is reporting exclusively.

Affleck was seen drinking vodka at a Sundance Film Festival party this past weekend.

The actor flew to Utah to attend DirecTV's The Company Men after party at Village at the Yard. He had just finished participating in the Haiti telethon, which taped in Los Angeles.

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At the party for his new movie, Affleck “immediately sat down at a VIP table and grabbed the bottle of Absolut in front of him and poured a drink," a source told

Publicists, staffers and others were stunned because they know that Affleck is an admitted alcoholic. They got rid of all the photographers near the area to protect Affleck.

Affleck checked into Promises rehab in 2001. At that time his publicist said: "Ben is a self-aware and smart man who had decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol. He has chosen to seek out professional assistance, and is committed to traveling a healthier road with the support of his family, friends and fans."

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But Affleck has cleared veered off that healthier road. The source told that there was a lot of whispering about Ben drinking again, as staffers watched him toast with Tommy Lee Jones and pour down the vodka while they talked.

Affleck has been married to Jennifer Garner since 2005 and they have two children together.



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