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Tommy Lee Says He Was Drinking Two Gallons of Vodka a Day Before Latest Rehab Stint

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Tommy Lee refers to his experience with addiction as “on and off” substance dependance “for a long time.” After a four-year period of sobriety, he most recently went through a phase of drinking two gallons of vodka a day.

“I go through these phases where I just want to live a different life and fuck all the dumb shit,” he recently explained to Yahoo Entertainment. “And then I decide, ‘You know what? I don’t want to live like that anymore.’”

Things went downhill during his last tour with Mötley Crüe, where the drummer says he “literally did nothing” and would “just fucking drink.”

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“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.’ Like, I was drinking just out of boredom,” he admitted.

“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,” Lee revealed. “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.”

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That’s when he decided to go to rehab. Now, Lee’s been sober for nearly a year; however, he acknowledges it’s a day-by-day process. “I don’t know if it’s a forever thing, but for now, I’m not drinking vodka today,” he said.

Lee’s putting out a solo album, Andro, on Oct. 16. Read SPIN’s recent interview with the drummer here.

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