Rolling Stone: Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Died of Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis
At my work they had banned passengers from using alcohol traveling to concerts:NJ Transit bans drinks aboard trains on PNC Bank Arts Center concert nights
Because too many people think they have to get drunk out of their minds emulating the people like him on stage. To be fair though, if many of the people I know had as much money as Hanneman and worked as little, I would bet on them dying three decades early of substance abuse as well.
These people are examples of how not to live. I would recommend giving biographies of decades known rock stars with bad drug and alcohol problems to the addicts you know, provided you read them first and they are suitable to the purpose, which often they will be. Even if the collaborating rocker thinks he is coming off as hip and cool, he won't, he has been living in a dreamland of hangers-on, ridiculous excess, and constant adoration. I almost got one of my friends to read Motley Crue's bio The Dirt
but then he started bringing a laptop to the job he was reading it at it, and that was that. It is unfortunate because that book is entertaining and teaches how sex addicts, drug addicts and alcoholics only get unhappiness in the end for all their addiction.
It is sad that no one who does any good will ever be a positive example for the mainstream and if they are, it is only their co-opted, recuperated image that can ever become widely disseminated. I don't think it is an accident that the most famous celebrities are actors, who after-all just simply read lines and pretend to be what they are not, they are not creative artists, they are fakers. They want to send us a structural message that we should worship and emulate those fakers and live vicariously in the land of fantasy what we will never get.