MÖTLEY CRÜE’s TOMMY LEE Says He ‘Was Drinking Two Gallons’ Of Vodka A Day Before Rehab

Tommy Lee
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In a new interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee revealed that he will celebrate the first anniversary of his getting sober in two weeks.

“It was crazy. [In the past] I’ve been sober for four years, and I’ve been sort of on and off for a long time,” Lee said. “I go through these phases where I just wanna live a different life and f*ck all the dumb sh*t. And then I decide, ‘You know what? I don’t wanna live like that anymore. I wanna have fun and play and be f*cked up and stupid and all that sh*t.

“This particular instance, I had been home. And I’ll tell you this right now: idle time at home, not touring, just being at home, I just enjoyed being home. I literally did nothing. I would just float around drink and just f*cking drink.”

“I didn’t notice it until towards the end of it when I was, like, ‘Oh dude, I’ve gotta stop. This is f*cking insane.’ I was drinking just out of boredom,” he continued. “I would just wake up and [drink] just all vodka and just a little eyedropper of cranberry or a lemonade or something. I was drinking two gallons — not pints, not quarts, [but] gallons, the big-handles — a day. That’s f*cking crazy.

“And going to get a full check-up with the doctor, he was, like, ‘Dude, I don’t know what the deal is with you, but you liver’s fine. You’re super healthy. What are you made of?’ For most people, they probably [would] have destroyed a bunch of stuff [internally]… I’m, like, ‘Did you get my papers mixed up with another guy with the last name Lee, because there’s gotta be something wrong with me.’

Lee added: “Anyway, that’s not important. What’s important is I just realized, ‘Whoa, dude, you’re drinking enough to, like, you could probably die.’ And it wasn’t even fazing me. I was just, like, ‘Oh, yeah, whatever.’

“That’s kind of crazy. I just became sort of immune to it and realized, ‘Woah! This is a lot. This isn’t good.’ So it was time for me to pump the brakes and just get rid of it for a while. I don’t know if it’s a forever thing, but for now, I’m not drinking vodka today.”

You can watch full interview below.