Paul Weller sought out a therapist who helped him to moderate his alcohol consumption.
The 55-year-old rocker remembered his current wife Hannah giving him an ultimatum to stop drinking, but he was initially reluctant to quit completely.
He remembered the morning of July 1, 2011: “I just woke up and thought, ‘This has to stop.’
“And my wife said, ‘I can’t do this, either you stop or I have to go.’ “
He explained that he then went to a therapist and said, “If there is a way to retrain my brain so I just can’t drink and smoke so much.”
He continued, “And he said, ‘You can’t do that. There are no halves. ‘ So I just stopped, man.
“At first I thought, ‘Well …’ but it dawned on me that he was absolutely right. ‘
“I think during the day I kind of thought, ‘I have to stop, I have to stop.’ “
Paul’s daughter Leah recently gave birth to his first grandchild, Kouzen, and he admitted it was “just wonderful” to welcome them into a new chapter in his life.
He added to Uncut magazine: “You get to a certain age and you just see how quickly time goes by. For me, a week is the blink of an eye.
“You just try to enjoy everything.”
The ‘Going Underground’ hitmaker previously admitted that having eight children of different ages was “mentally tiring”.
He said, “It’s more mentally demanding than physically because there are people who depend on you and ask you questions, ‘Can you do that?’ and ‘I want something to eat’ and all these practical things. Just to find that little bit of time to yourself, just to go …
“When I write at home, I have to wait until everyone has gone to sleep. It’s difficult, yes. “