Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by JAMES DESBOROUGH

RINGO Starr says he still bat­tles the temp­ta­tion of drink and drugs ev­ery day – 30 years af­ter get­ting sober.

The mu­sic icon par­tied through the 70s and 80s with stars like The Who’s Keith Moon and Harry Nils­son be­fore re­al­iz­ing his booze ad­dic­tion was about to cost him his mar­riage.

Sir Ringo con­fessed that even on his way to re­hab he boozed heav­ily.

“I drank all the way to re­hab as I didn’t know how you didn’t drink.”

He added: “You quit on a daily ba­sis – that is how it works. Some­times I am in the most beau­ti­ful place in the world and my head will say (enjoy it) with a joint...a drink or some coke.”

Ringo, who once boasted of tak­ing piles of co­caine and sink­ing 16 bot­tles of wine in ses­sions, felt he hit the wall when his mar­riage to Bond ac­tress Bar­bara Bach was on the rocks.

He re­mem­bered: “My mar­riage was fall­ing apart and I was about to lose ev­ery­thing I loved.”

The Bea­tle re­vealed that af­ter talk­ing with his wife about how they could carry on, they de­cided he had to try re­hab.

He added: “We both had a mo­ment of clar­ity.”


BINGE: Drum­mer Starr

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