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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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