Tommy Lee will soon celebrate being one-year sober, but his journey to that milestone took some very scary turns.
In a new interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Lee talked about how his drinking after Motley Crue’s “Final Tour” in 2015 increased to some very dangerous level saying, “I didn’t notice it until towards the end of it, when I was like, ‘Oh dude, I’ve got to stop. This is f—ing insane.’ Like, I was drinking just out of boredom. I would just wake up and be just building [a glass with] just all vodka and just a little eyedropper of cranberry or lemonade. I was drinking two gallons — not pints, not quarts, but gallons, the big-handles — a day. That’s f—ing crazy. … I just realized, ‘Whoa dude, you’re drinking enough to like, you could probably die.’ And it wasn’t even fazing me. … I just became sort of immune to it.”
Lee’s wife, Brittany Furlan, helped make him realize he needed to seek treatment.
“She was like, ‘Baby, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen anybody drink that much. Like, you’re kind of scaring me. … Like, are you going to wake up? Am I going to wake up to, like, you not breathing?'” said Lee.
He continued, “And I was like, ‘That sucks. That’s not cool to have you have you worry like that. And it’s worrying me.’ But yeah, she was definitely concerned, and her concern obviously helped in my decision to just go get outta here: I bailed for over a month and just was like, ‘That’s it, I’m done for a while.'”
Lee was slated to head out on the road this summer with Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts on the highly-anticipated “Stadium Tour,” but like all other tours, the coronavirus pandemic derailed those plans. However, those original summer 2020 dates have since be rescheduled for summer 2021.