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Zakk Wylde Explains How He Quit Drinking

07/15/2016
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Zakk Wylde

(Classic Rock) Zakk Wylde says he quit drinking using the cold turkey method and didn't try to fill the alcohol void with anything else. The Black Label Society man gave up booze after a health scare in 2009 and recently joked that his life backstage was boring since he got sober.

Asked whether he looked to fill the gap left by alcohol with other pursuits, Wylde tells Oregon Music News: "Nothing. I know people say that you have to replace it with something. I have friends that go to AA.

"I also have friends that just stopped. I never went to AA. I didn't do anything. I just stopped. I have a friend that was mid way through a pint and he said to himself, 'Man, I'm done with this.' I asked him, 'Darren, you drinking anymore? He says, 'No, I stopped. I was getting silly but not to the point that I'm losing my wife, my family, I just think it's time to stop.'

"He wasn't getting ridiculous but he felt it was time to stop. That was it. It was that way for me. I just stopped. Then you have the other half that are on and off the wagon. It's like you run into them and they say they haven't had a drink in months... but I saw them or someone saw then the other day and they were smashed." Read more here.

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