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Ronnie Wood: Show keeps me sober

Published 24/02/2012 | 12:39

Ronnie Wood sais his show has helped him to stay sober
Ronnie Wood sais his show has helped him to stay sober

Ronnie Wood has revealed doing his radio and television show has helped him stay sober.

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The Rolling Stones guitarist, who has previously opened up about his alcoholism, presents a show on Absolute Radio, which has been turned into a television series for Sky Arts.

And he said having a focus has helped him stay off the booze.

He said: "While I've been keeping sober, it's been a way to express myself in a new focused way. It has helped me stay sober because of all the archives I'm having to plough down with my producer. I've had to concentrate but I also get the freedom, it's what I do, I deal with music, I get energy from it."

The musician entered rehab after an intervention by artist Damien Hirst, and Ronnie told the Radio Times he knew he had to get clean as he was becoming immune to the effects of drugs and alcohol.

He said: "The drink wasn't working, the dope wasn't working. I wasn't getting high. I was getting p'ed off and I was getting annoyed at myself. I thought, 'I'm not this person'."

:: The Ronnie Wood Show starts tonight (Friday) at 11pm on Sky Arts 1.

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