A Christmas drink made rocker Phil Collins realise he wasn’t an alcoholic, because he only wanted a couple of glasses of wine.
The former Genesis star gave up booze for three years after learning his heavy drinking was slowly killing him.
“If I had carried on drinking, my organs would have started shutting down,” he tells Rolling Stone.
Phil tested his sobriety with a Christmas toast and was relieved to discover he didn’t have the urge to get drunk.
“When we had our first Christmas in our new home, I had a couple of glasses of wine, but now it doesn’t go anywhere,” he adds. “An alcoholic is someone that wants to see the bottom of the bottle. I don’t consider myself an alcoholic. I made some mistakes, for sure.”
The worst mistake was driving his family away.
“I was falling down…” he says. “One time I was watching TV and I got up to give my sons a hug. I fell down and my teeth made two marks in the tiles. There was lots of blood. I remember (son) Matthew saying to their nanny, ‘Daddy’s fallen over!’
“Putting an eight-year-old through that, it gives me chills. By the time I stopped, my family disintegrated. Within six months, they’d moved away.”