OSCAR-winning actor Russell Crowe is so elated about his impending fatherhood, he's given up alcohol in preparation for the first-time task.

The GLADIATOR star and his wife Danielle Spencer are expecting their offspring to arrive in January (04), and while Crowe has given up liquor to prepare for a movie role, he's also ditched it in support of his blonde spouse.

He says, "At the moment I'm not drinking because I'm starting to prep for a new movie with RON HOWARD - but there's multiple reasons as well.

"One is just getting the body ready for some torture that's coming, but also Dan can't drink at the moment and it's just easier if I don't as well. It's fairer."

10/11/2003 08:56