10 musicians who don't drink

4 January 2021, 16:40

Musicians who live the clean lifestyle: Anthony Kiedis, Lana Del Rey, Elton John and Eminem
Musicians who live the clean lifestyle: Anthony Kiedis, Lana Del Rey, Elton John and Eminem. Picture: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Rock Under The Stars/Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy/Francesco Prandoni\Archivio Francesco Prandoni\Mondadori via Getty Images/Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Need some inspiration for Dry January? These are the artists who've forsaken the booze for a healthier lifestyle.

Some have given up alcohol for health reasons, some have just never fancied it... but here are 10 musicians who've decided that the rock'n'roll lifestyle doesn't need to come with a hangover. If you're doing Dry January, good luck!

  1. Elton John

    Elton's recent autobiography was extremely candid about his punishing cocaine addiction, which led to some sorry stories. On 29 July 2020, he marked three decades of sobriety, saying "I’m truly a blessed man. If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead."

  2. Anthony Kiedis

    The Chili Peppers' collective struggle with Bad Things is well documented, most notably in Anthony Kiedis's autobiography Scar Tissue. Original guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose in 1988, so it's just as well the band have overcome their demons.

    Anthony Kiedis onstage in Rio with Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2019
    Anthony Kiedis onstage in Rio with Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2019. Picture: MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP via Getty Images
  3. Ozzy Osbourne

    Ozzy is famous for his partying days. But health issues including a form of Parkinson's Disease mean he doesn’t drink a drop any more. In 2018, he marked five years sober, saying: "I got to a point where I ran out of options... I’ve got to learn to live life on life’s terms.”

    Ozzy Osbourne attends the Grammy Awards in 2020
    Ozzy Osbourne attends the Grammy Awards in 2020. Picture: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images
  4. Florence Welch

    Flo's last drink was on 2 February 2014 after years of overdoing it. She told Rolling Stone: "Being an extreme drinker was a huge part of my identity. When I stopped, there was this sense that I was letting some ghost of rock history down that I just couldn’t cope anymore. It was monumental. It was like, 'I’m going to die. I need to stop'."

  5. Chris Martin

    Chris Martin is famous for his healthy lifestyle – you just need to look at him to see that. He doesn’t drink, smoke, or even sip coffee. Lily Allen claims that the Coldplay frontman even staged an intervention on her following an unpleasant night where she apparently head-butted actor Orlando Bloom.

    Chris Martin performs with Coldplay on US TV in 2016
    Chris Martin performs with Coldplay on US TV in 2016. Picture: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
  6. Lana Del Rey

    The Video Games singer told GQ magazine in 2012 that she was sent to boarding school at the age of 14 to "get sober": "I would drink every day. I would drink alone. I thought the whole concept was so f**king cool. A great deal of what I wrote on ‘Born To Die’ is about these wilderness years."

    Lana Del Rey in 2019
    Lana Del Rey in 2019. Picture: Mat Hayward/Getty Images
  7. Tom Chaplin

    Although Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian joked that Keane’s Tom Chaplin indulged in too much port, the Bedshaped singer checked himself into rehab in 2006. Nowadays he prefers a golf club to a night club.

    Tom Chaplin performing with Keane in California, March 2020
    Tom Chaplin performing with Keane in California, March 2020. Picture: Steve Jennings/WireImage/Getty Images
  8. Steven Tyler

    Once part of the notorious "Toxic Twins" with bandmate Joe Perry, the Aerosmith frontman is a big fan of healthy living. In 2019 he marked nine years of sobriety. Fearing that a relapse can always be around the corner, Tyler told himself: "Everything is at risk. People still want us for a million-plus dollars a night. And that’s what’s at risk if I use again. And my kids. My dogs. My beautiful f**king house in Maui. My girlfriend."

    Steve Tyler of Aerosmith at the Billboard Music Awards 2016
    Steve Tyler of Aerosmith at the Billboard Music Awards 2016. Picture: David Becker/Getty Images
  9. Ringo Starr

    The former Beatle was a notable lush in the 1970s, hanging out with hell-raisers like Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson, but the drummer and his second wife Barbara Bach found things got so bad in the early 80s that the pair checked into rehab and haven't looked back. "I just couldn’t really move without alcohol," said Ringo.

    Ringo Starr in May 2019
    Ringo Starr in May 2019. Picture: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images
  10. Eminem

    After a near-fatal overdose in 2008, the US rapper kicked everything and marked 12 years sober in April 2020.