Keith Richards was more or less synonymous with over-consumption of alcohol in his more than 50-year career as a guitarist in The Rolling Stones. But in his 74th year on this earth he took a surprising step: he became sober.
Well, maybe not quite, but Richards no longer beats Stoli bottles like he used to. He has significantly reduced his alcohol consumption "for about a year", he said in a recent interview before the US No Filter tour dates of Rolling Stone . "I pulled the plug on it, I was sick of it."
Ronnie Wood, the fellow Stones guitarist, joined in with his support, opening his own drug abuse problems and turning to sobriety in 2010.
Richards admits he still has "occasionally a glass of wine and a beer", which sounds puritanical compared to the Richards we've known for so long and the virtuoso guitar work would somehow live live But the alcohol had obviously taken his toll.
"It was time to quit," he added. "Just like all the other stuff."
When asked if it was an adaptation of his lifestyle, always concise guitarist replied with a laugh: "You can call it that, yes."