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Chapter 12
Practical Views On Drug Use
As an author, I felt a strong need to share these views because, per
my experience drugs play an influential role in nearly every facet of
the music industry. They help to define the professional culture, no-
matter how unprofessional some musicians behave when under their
influence. If you choose to start producing your own records, as I
hope you will; you can choose to, or choose not to, allow drugs to
influence your art. If you allow others to produce your record  you
will not have a choice, and they probable will.

Alcohol is a depressant. Many professional musicians like to have
alcohol before they perform, claiming that it ‘takes the edge off’.
Those of you who have performed in front of an audience are aware
of how nervousness can affect your performance. To ‘take the edge
off’ is to calm the nerves. Alcohol could be viewed as having a
positive affect on the performer in this case, especially if you are
doing a live recording. What about its negative effects?

For starters, it is physically addictive. So addictive that alcoholism is
considered a disease. Now we must ask: At what point does drinking
alcohol  to calm the nerves become drinking alcohol to satisfy the
addiction? Another negative effect is slowed response time. Let me
first clarify that rhythm is unbreakable. If you have rhythm, you will
not cease to have it because of alcohol. You may, however, perform
inappropriately because you failed to catch certain movements with
in the piece. For example, your dynamics may become more or less
dramatic, or your notation may become sloppy due to slowed
physical responses.