Liam Gallagher: Sobriety's Boring Because It Made Me Feel Too Good

By Britni de la Cretaz 08/04/17

"I have been sober for six months before, it's just boring. I felt too good... I don't want to feel that good, who wants to feel too good?”

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher is known for his abrasive personality and straightforward comments. Now, the former Oasis and Beady Eye frontman and current solo artist is making headlines again for his comments during his promotional tour for his upcoming solo album.

In an article for the September issue of British GQ, Gallagher takes pride in his reckless persona and lifestyle, saying, “My thing was the whole cliché: the sex, the drugs, the rock’n’roll.” 

It’s apparently a lifestyle he is keen to keep up. On a recent interview on The Howard Stern Show, he revealed that he’s been drinking and using substances since he was a teenager and does not have plans to stop any time soon.

"I do like a drink, I'm not an alcoholic, but I like talking s**t to people, I like the s**t that comes with drinking,” Gallagher said on the show. “But I have been sober for six months before, it's just boring. I felt too good, I was opening doors for people and getting old ladies' bags of shopping and saying I'll help you across the road - f**k that. I don't want to feel that good, who wants to feel too good?”

Gallagher has admitted that a lot of the controversy and outrageous behavior has been fueled by substances. In 2011, he told the press that he was giving up alcohol, saying, “I’m having a bit of a break. I went 20 years drinking and messing about. It’s rubbish.” At the height of his fame, he says he was drinking so much that he would forget about performances and wake up in strange places. But apparently, the sobriety didn’t stick.

On The Howard Stern Show, he revealed he had been engaging in that behavior since he was in his teens, long before he formed Oasis with his brother, Noel. "I was mushroomed out of my face when I was 15 and 16, before I even joined the band at 19… People think just because you're joining a band it's your first beer or whatever, or your first line or whatever you smoke.”

The film Supersonic, released in 2016, chronicles the rise and fall of Oasis. In the movie, Gallagher is shown using crystal meth. In 2014, he was kicked out of a pub for reportedly snorting cocaine off a toilet seat; the previous year he was ejected from a pub multiple times for being “a drunken twit,” according to the pub’s owner.

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Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, and recovered alcoholic living in Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @britnidlc.