Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser has quit drinking

Andreas Kisser from Sepultura has given up alcohol.

The 52-year-old guitarist discusses his sobriety in a new interview with RockSverige, telling the site: “I quit drinking almost a year and a half now, and I feel clearer.”

Kisser continues:

“I realized I was a slave to alcohol. Every situation where I had to choose a restaurant or what kind of trip I would do with my family, what kind of social thing we went to, alcohol was the most important part of making the choices. Like, ‘in this country they don’t serve alcohol so I don’t want to go.’ That kind of stuff. It didn’t matter if I was with family or close friends, the alcohol was heavier than anything else.

“I realized that I was really losing myself because of this idea… I really had this dark shadow making the choices for me. It hampered my relationship with everyone – my family, my friends and with myself. Then I stopped overnight.

“It was very clear once I realized that I was a slave to alcohol, which path I had to take. I made the decision and I feel good. I don’t feel like drinking. I love to drink, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve done it before. I know what it is and I know it is also very dangerous, especially with the lifestyle I live – the backstage parties, everything is free and easy to get. You have to be very careful with this kind of situation and I’m happy to have made this choice. I am at peace with myself with this. I made no promises to anyone or to any saint or to any situation. It was a choice I had to make. If I made a promise of something, I would put all of this responsibility on that promise and not on myself, so I have to face that and really accept the choice and I feel good. Alcohol is very dangerous, but like I said, I love to drink.

Kisser is the second prominent metal guitarist to quit drinking recently, alongside Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer).

You can read Kisser’s full interview here.


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