Benjamin Biolay details his addiction to alcohol without taboos

Benjamin Biolay details his addiction to alcohol without taboos

Benjamin Biolay details his addiction to alcohol without taboos

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 27: Benjamin Biolay attends the screening of
Gisela Schober / Getty Images CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 27: Benjamin Biolay attends the screening of ‘Mother And Son (Un Petit Frere)’ during the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 27, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober / Getty Images)

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Benjamin Biolay drank up to 5 bottles a day.

ALCOHOLISM – He drank up to 5 liters of vodka per day. While the new album, Santa Chiarapublished Friday 9 September, Benjamin Biolay delivery Marie Claire a touching account of his addiction to alcohol, one of his old demons. Today weaned it is forbidden to have a single drop in the house so as not to sink again.

The singer has no problem admitting it. “At 30, I was an alcoholic. (…) It wasn’t pleasant, I was gaining weight, I wasn’t even drunk “, he remembers. In a week he sometimes sells 30 bottles of vodka as if to confirm his prediction: when he was younger he was convinced that he would “Poet cursed for life. “

He is also questioned about his sulphurous reputation as a party animal, “tail”. In the 2000s he came out a lot at the Baron, in Paris, on his side “Very libertarian and hedonistic, a little hippie. “I have been appointed successor of Serge Gainsbourg. But I couldn’t have made forty albums for the others if I had been a wreck. ” defends itself.

Alcohol as a working tool

“I often get the impression that we are talking about someone else, but there must be some truth behind it. Queutar no, seducer, yes, admits. I have had many adventures, always respecting everyone. And I often have the paparazzir. Here you are. “

However, the one who drank his first binge of grappa at the age of 12 is not abstinent. He relies on Marie Claire who now considers their alcohol consumption a working tool: “In the studio I get drunk sometimes. Two or three drinks will make me go away, silence my fucking brain, my hardness with myself that keeps me from fucking a song when I’m this close to finding something. “

The singer found a fun way to fill the void: He replaced alcohol with podcasts: “I spend a lot of time on it. This summer I found extraordinary ones on Flaubert, Mussolini and Pétain. And there, I am completely, I listen, I don’t even scratch myself, I’m fine.”

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