Sir Paul hooked on sobriety
HE smoked marijuana on and off for four decades and turned to whisky to cope with the stress of The Beatles breaking up.
But Sir Paul McCartney has revealed his wild days are over as he now only drinks one glass of wine per week.
Lyrics on Sir Paul’s new album, Egypt Station, refer to his bad habits as a Beatle. A song called Happy With You features the lines, “I used to drink too much/Forget to come home”.
Speaking to MOJO magazine, Sir Paul said: “It is candid – I used to get stoned, and wasted.”
Asked if he was not necessarily happy while taking drugs and drinking to excess during Beatlemania, he added: “That’s right. Also, I have a lot of friends who are sober. ’Cos they have to be. Like Ringo [Starr], [former Eagles guitarist] Joe Walsh, because they just took it too far. When I talk to Ringo, he says: ‘If you give me vodka, I’d have to finish the bottle’. Now Ringo is very content with his life.”
Asked if the lyrics were autobiographical, Sir Paul said: “I used to get a little bit more crazy than I do now.
“But I’ve got eight grandchildren. Grandad can’t be sitting in his armchair with a great big doobie on and a bottle of tequila.”
In hindsight, Sir Paul feels he had periods when he was self-medicating with drink, particularly in the period right after The Beatles: “I drank more than I ever had. I was just trying to escape in my own mind.” – Daily Mail