Graham Coxon from Blur spoke candidly recently to the Blank podcast about alcohol addiction and the harsh reality of starting as a casual drinker and then ending up in week-long benders.
He said: “I do believe that I was probably an alcoholic when I was five or six, it was ready, it was sitting there, just because of the sort of person I was, the mind I had, I just had to wait 10 years to find the thing that went, ‘Whoa, that’s fantastic, I’ve just had two glasses of wine and all of that has disappeared, I feel cool as a cucumber, I’m a success at parties…’ Well you kind of think you are.”
“I think the reason I drank in the first place was because of anxiety, I think I always suffered from anxiety … I didn’t know it was anxiety, I just thought that mild buzz of embarrassment and nervousness was what it felt to live, I thought that’s what being alive felt like. But I realised at some point in my teenage years that a bottle of wine just shut all of that off, shut it down, stopped the negativity.”
Graham ditched the sauce many years ago after booking himself in at the Priory.