Rocker EDDIE VAN HALEN started drinking to battle crippling nerves.
The Van Halen guitar great has revealed he was just 12 years old when his father gave him a shot of vodka - and alcohol became his "wonder drug".
The rock star has been a heavy drinker ever since and had to halt Van Halen's recent reunion tour plans to sober up in rehab.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It (alcohol) really worked for a lot of years, but I certainly didn't drink to make music or to write. It had nothing to do with it. I just get nervous. I'm nervous now.
"I stopped drinking over a year ago, and I'm done with it. For 42 years, I drank. It just shows you anything is achievable."