John Mayer Talks Sobriety On "Ellen"

By David Konow 03/05/19

“I completed my course in drinking. Thankfully, for me... I didn’t go all that deep. I just went, ‘You know, I think I’m done,’" Mayer said.

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Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter John Mayer recently marked two years alcohol-free, and he opened up about it on The Ellen Degeneres Show

“I just finished,” Mayer explained to host Ellen DeGeneres. “I completed my course in drinking. Thankfully, for me—I’m very lucky—I didn’t go all that deep. I just went, ‘You know, I think I’m done.’ It’s like Forrest Gump running and he just stops running at some point. ‘I think I’m out.’ So I punched out.”

Mayer added that he stopped drinking after he had “a good, long talk” with himself.

Mayer told Complex last year that the turning point was when he attended Drake’s 30th birthday party, “and I made a fool of myself… I was in my sixth day of the hangover… I went, ‘Okay John, what percentage of your potential would you like to have. The voice in my head said, ‘OK. Do you know what that means?’ I went, ‘We don’t have to talk anymore. I get it.’”

Once Mayer stopped drinking, his productivity went through the roof. “The next year, I did four tours, I was in two bands, I was happy on airplanes.” In 2017, Mayer publicly announced on social media, “I want people to know that ‘that’s enough for now’ is on the menu, so to speak.”

Last year in Rolling Stone, Mayer revealed that he entered the “cannabis life,” and has also been pushing for the legalization of marijuana on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “I put [weed] where drinking used to go, and the quality of life has gone up considerably. Drinking is a f—ing con.”

Mayer is also launching a foundation that will help military veterans living with PTSD. The Heart and Armor Foundation has been in the works since 2012.

“We’re going to the public with things like published research papers and having raised enough money to really build some pilot programs," Mayer said. "We have some really great data and we want it to be working first so that a lot of the questions were answered before we brought things to people by way of awareness.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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