FREAK Shots: Death or Sobriety
Researchers at the Center for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University recently found that the death rate of rock and pop musicians at a given age is double the rate of the rest of the population, even 25 years after they first achieve fame — due, largely, to drug and alcohol abuse.
He admitted to me before a concert last weekend: “I’m not having any fun.”
Since so many musicians die young or wait until they’re much older to (often reluctantly) sober up, the incentives for being a sober musician must not be great.
While sobriety, according to another study, makes you drink more coffee and smoke more cigarettes and takes about five years to become permanent; but it may make your voice sound better and you’ll likely get more jokes.
What is it about their occupation that so many musicians are never incentivized to try it sober?