I am 46 years old, and grew up with a lot of my musical heroes destroying their lives with drugs and alcohol. While at first glance, it appears that drugs and alcohol may have spurred musical creativity because so many artists used, I think it really did the opposite, and wonder how much better many of those artists may have been if not for the screwed up/drugged up minds they were having to work through. Compare: 1. Beethoven writing music for a hundred piece orchestra AND music and lyrics for a hundred person choir for a piece that holds together over three/four movements, without even being able to hear one note other than in his mind. He had no mixer, no looping, etc. Listen to one of his symphonies. vs. 2. Nirvana : "Runny nose and Runny Yolk/ Even if you have a cold still/ You can cough on me again/ I still haven't had my fulfill>" ***?!? And anyone could possibly think that drugs help creativity?