The Rolling Stones Gui­tarist Finds a Path to So­bri­ety

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YOU CAN’T AL­WAYS get what you want — and in Keith Richards’ case, that means booze. “It’s been about a year now,” the le­gendary he­do­nist says of the date when he cut back on drink­ing. “I pulled the plug on it. I got fed up with it.” While he ad­mits he still has “a glass of wine oc­ca­sion­ally and a beer…it was time to quit. Just like all the other stuff.” For the most part, Keith doesn’t “no­tice any dif­fer­ence re­ally — ex­cept for I don’t drink. I wasn’t feel­ing [right]. I’ve done it. I didn’t want that any­more.” At least one of his band­mates has no­ticed a change. “He’s a plea­sure to work with,” says fel­low gui­tarist Ron Wood. “The Keith that we used to know and love had this cut­off point where if he had one more, he’d go over the top and he’d be nasty. The cut­off point be­came shorter and shorter, and he re­al­ized that.” Ron adds Keith is “much more mel­low. He’s open to more ideas. Whereas be­fore I’d kind of grit my teeth and go, ‘He’s gonna give me some s--- for say­ing this.’ Now he’ll say, ‘That’s cool, man.’ ”

“It was in­ter­est­ing to play sober,” Keith, 75, said of the band’s re­cent tour.

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