ToC Encore: Trace Adkins’ Rehab Trip Spotlights Country Music’s Drinking Problem
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Earlier this week, Trace Adkins announced a second stint in an alcohol rehabilitation facility. He fell off the wagon during a cruise he was set to headline. It was his first taste of alcohol in over a decade — since his last stay in rehab in 2002. While the singer seems to be taking full ownership of what happened on that boat, the incident shines a light on something not talked about very often.
Taste of Country’s Billy Dukes argues that country music has a drinking problem. From the music to the endorsements to the live shows, performers encourage a lifestyle that involves having a loaded drink at every possible moment. Artists who don’t indulge exist, but they mostly stay quiet. There’s no vocal ally for the fan who just wants to enjoy the music.