In a recent interview with Idaho radio station 96.9 The Eagle, Alice Cooper’s guitarist Nita Strauss described what it was like to drink around a sober Alice Cooper and called herself a former “functioning alcoholic.”
“The great thing about Alice is he’s so inclusive,” she said. “He doesn’t judge anybody. We could drink a beer or have a cocktail in front of him — his wife Sheryl will have a glass of wine here and there at dinner — and he doesn’t mind; he will never say a word. The only time that he would ever get on anyone — which, thankfully, never happened to me — is if it started to affect your job. If I was going on stage sloppy, wasted, falling down, missing notes, forgetting parts, I’m sure I would have had a talk from Alice. But I was a really functioning alcoholic. I liked to drink; I have always liked to drink.”
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