John Mayer quit drinking after making ‘a fool’ of himself at Drake’s 30th birthday party

John Mayer opened up about his decision to stop drinking.
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John Mayer stopped drinking two years ago after having a rough night at Drake’s 30th birthday party.

The singer, 41, says he made “quite a fool of myself” that night, which inspired him to have an internal conversation that ultimately led to his decision to quit.

“I remember where I was,” Mayer told Complex for a new cover story. “I was in my sixth day of the hangover. That’s how big the hangover was.

“I looked out the window and I went, ‘OK, John, what percentage of your potential would you like to have? Because if you say you’d like 60, and you’d like to spend the other 40 having fun, that’s fine. But what percentage of what is available to you would you like to make happen? There’s no wrong answer. What is it?’ I went, ‘100.’ ”


The “New Light” artist didn’t go into specifics about what transpired that night. Drake held a party for his 30th birthday on Oct. 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, with reports stating at the time that Mayer was in attendance.

Mayer said in the new interview that he reaped the benefits of his new lifestyle after he decided to stop drinking.

“That next year, I did four tours, I was in two bands, I was happy on airplanes,” he told Complex. “So what happens when you stop drinking? The level feels like boredom at first. But if you stick with it, the line straightens out and it goes kind of low. You’re like, ‘Oh, I’m not having these high highs.’ But if you work, you can bring the whole line up.”