I missed this era of widespread (dys)functional alcoholism on stage as I was born in the 1980s. I saw a few acts growing up who, in retrospect, I realize probably had imbibed a little bit beforehand, but nothing like what you guys saw- I’m...jealous? As an aside, I’m no stranger to a drink or 4 before going onstage, but about a year ago, I ran an experiment out of curiosity- how many drinks does it take before I notice my lead guitar playing starting to be affected? Answer? 1. I seriously didn’t expect it and didn’t want to admit it at first, but after a single drink, I noticed that I had to focus harder to make my hands play as fluently as they do sober. Note selection, rhythm, all of it was affected. I guess it’s okay if you’re trying to tame your nerves to not overplay, but you can’t really push yourself into your higher abilities...your playing becomes increasingly mediocre. I doubt anyone in the crowd noticed, but I did. Since then, I generally stay away from drinking before a gig. After? Oh yeah. But usually not before.