James Kottak avaa alkoholiriippuvuutensa syitä, jotka lopulta johtivat potkuihin Scorpionsista

Saksalaisesta rockin legenda Scorpionsista vuonna 2016 alkoholismin takia potkut saanut rumpali James Kottak antoi hiljattain haastattelun Scorpionsin viralliselle faniklubille Crazyscorpsille. Haastattelussa Kottak avasi syitä, jotka lopulta johtivat hänen potkuihin yhtyeestä. Kottakin mukaan alkoholia oli saatavilla yksinkertaisesti liikaa, minkä vuoksi hänen juomisensa lähti käsistä. Rumpali kertoo olleensa juomatta muutaman vuoden [vuodet 2008-2011], minkä jälkeen hänen runsas alkoholin käyttönsä taas jatkui. Se johti lopulta lähtöpasseihin yhtyeestä. Kottak kertoi ajoistaan alkoholin kanssa seuraavaa:

”I always liked a drink here and there. And then I always also take a pain medication called Aleve. It’s what all the baseball players take, all the footballers, and it works like a charm. You take those of those and you don’t feel anything. But on top of that, I’m a rock drummer in a rock band, and you’ve got the green light to drink.

”From 2008 to 2011, I didn’t drink. I just woke up one day and said, ’I just don’t wanna drink anymore.’ I didn’t go to rehab; I didn’t do any of that stuff. I just didn’t wanna drink anymore.

”If you have any knowledge of A.A. [Alcoholics Anonymous] or any type of program or rehab, it only lasts so long and then you have what we call in recovery a relapse. I would go through these phases of a year or maybe two years of no drinking, and then you gradually…

, we play our show, we go back to the hotel, [and] 45 minutes later, we’re all downstairs having dinner. And everything’s just the right price — free. All these flights back and forth from Europe, from L.A. — I was just flying constantly. Which I’m not complaining about, but it’s always business or first class, and once again, all the booze is at the right price. I’m going, ’I’ve got the next two days off. I might as well have a drink.’ And that’s what triggered me to start drinking again sometimes.

”It’s a typical alcoholic way of thinking: ’Well, I may as well have a drink. Why not?’ And that’s typical alcoholic disease thinking. ’Cause it is a disease.”

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