Nick Cave stopped drinking about ten years ago. Here’s what he has to say about his commitment to sobriety during an interview by Tom Doyle in the February 2014 issue of MOJO Magazine:
Our car pulls up outside the Malmaison Hotel, where Cave sits alone at the base of a stone pillar, smoking a fag. MOJO joins him for one. It must be hard, I say, trying to maintain his sobriety while everyone around him gets pissed?
“It is sometimes,” he admits. “I mean, sometimes you just want everything to go away, y’know. Who doesn’t? And you don’t have that…ready sort of access to something to do that.”
His face suddenly lights up, as he’s struck by a thought.
“Y’know, I did a kind of Christ-like sacrifice for the health of the band,” he says. “I stopped drinking, so they could continue.”