Tom Jones details why he no longer drinks alcohol as son makes sure he’s ‘careful’
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Sir Tom Jones, 80, has shared how he abstains from alcohol, as he recently re-worked Bob Dylan’s One More Cup Of Coffee for his latest album Surrounded By Time, which describes the pain of hangovers. The Sex Bomb hitmaker says as “a rule” now he does not drink because he struggles with the after-effects.
I have to look after myself
Tom revealed to Daily Express: “I don’t drink as a rule anymore, because the hangovers are so much harder to shake off.
“I used to love to drink, quite a drop, but drink is a younger person’s game.
“I love a Cognac after dinner, with a cigar and a coffee. For me, those three things have to go together.”
Tom explained how his son Mark Woodward ensures he stays on the straight and narrow, after his wife Linda Trenchard sadly died in 2016.
Tom continued: “The last time I had a drink was with Mark’s family at Christmas. Mark has taken his mother’s place of making sure I’m careful, but I have to look after myself now anyway.
“I’m like the old saying, ‘If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.’”
Tom has previously admitted he ignored a doctor’s warning after they told him to “slow down”, amid a battle with a bacterial infection back in 2018.
The rockstar did not listen to medical advice to rest up after being treated for a serious condition in hospital.
Instead, Tom was determined to get back to performing, as he did not want to “let people down”.
Speaking with Jen Long on her podcast, Talk The Line, behind the inspiration for his latest album, Tom shared it came as a result of recovering from illness.
Jen said: “Part of this album was a reaction to coming out of hospital and a doctor telling you [Tom] to slow down, and you were like, ’Nah’.”
The singer agreed: “Exactly, I had an infection, and he said, ‘Ah well, you know’. I said, ‘I’ve got shows to do! And there’s nothing wrong with my voice’.”
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However, despite his protestations, the doctors still believed Tom was not well enough to carry on performing due to his older age, which could slow recovery.
Relaying the doctor’s response to him voicing him feeling better in his opinion, Tom said: “‘Ah well you know at your age.’ I think I was 78 then, ‘What are you worried about now? You shouldn’t be worrying about it’.”
However, the main reason for the singer’s determination to recover quickly was so he could entertain audiences.
He added: “I don’t want to let people down! I’ve got shows to do. So he tried to tell me to, ’Slow down’ but I don’t want to slow down!”
Tom admitted that despite most of his fans being “fine” with him returning to the stage, some did express their worries for him.
“People were concerned, they thought there was something wrong, but it was an infection I had,” he finished.
It comes as Tom pulled out of a series of concerts back in 2018 due to the unspecified illness.
On his Twitter account, one statement read: “It is with regret that we have to cancel Tom Jones’s performance at Down By The Laituri, Turku, Finland on Wednesday 25th July.
“Sir Tom Jones is recovering well from his recent illness, however will not be fit enough to perform on Wednesday.
“He is extremely sorry and disappointed not to be able to perform, and sincerely apologises for inconveniences caused to the audience and all those who are involved in the event.”
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