Sir Paul hooked on so­bri­ety

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

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

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