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Tommy Lee On Alcohol Addiction: I Was Drinking Two Gallons Of Vodka A Day

As he prepares to celebrate one year of sobriety, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee reflects on the seriousness of his alcohol addiction.

Following a recent stint in rehab and an almost year-long period of sobriety, Tommy Lee has opened up about the seriousness of his alcohol addiction at its height, admitting that he was consuming up to two gallons of vodka a day.

In the lead-up to rehab, Tommy tells Yahoo! that he began drinking again after Mötley Crües last tour due to a combination of burnout and having nothing else to do, having previously been four years sober before that.

I go through these phases where I just want to live a different life and fuck all the dumb shit,” he explains. And then I decide, You know what? I don’t want to live like that anymore. I want to have a lot of play and be fucked up and stupid and all that shit.’ So, in this particular instance, I had been home… I had all this time at home, not touring, just being at home. I did what I told you. I just enjoyed being home. I literally did nothing. I would just float around drink and just fucking drink.”

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Concern from Tommy’s wife Brittany caused him to address his behaviour, revealing that her worries made him realise he needed to head to rehab.

I didn’t notice it until towards the end of it, when I was like, Oh dude, I’ve got to stop. This is fucking insane,’ ” he continues. Like, I was drinking just out of boredom. I would just wake up and be just building [a glass with] just all vodka and just a little eyedropper of cranberry or lemonade. I was drinking two gallons – not pints, not quarts, but gallons, the big-handles – a day. That’s fucking crazy. 

…I just realised, Whoa dude, you’re drinking enough to like, you could probably die.’ And it wasn’t even fazing me… I just became sort of immune to it.” 

Thankfully, Tommy’s habits – both shorter-term and long-term with the band back in the day – seemingly haven’t affected his health too horrendously, with the 58-year-old revealing of a recent check-up: “[The physician] was like, Dude, I don’t know what the deal is with you, but your liver is fine. You’re super-healthy. Like, fuck, what are you made of?’ I was like, Did you get my papers mixed up with another guy with the last name Lee?’ ”

The Crüe drummer adds that he doesn’t yet know if being sober will be a forever thing” for him, adding, But for now, I’m not drinking vodka today.”

Watch the full interview below:

Posted on October 5th 2020, 1:03p.m.
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