U2 bassist Adam Clayton talks dealing with alcohol and mental health issues

'I relied too much on alcohol to get me through things' - Clayton

U2 bassist Adam Clayton has spoken about getting through problems with alcohol “and other things”, as well as his experiences with improving his mental health.

The U2 star, who says he’s a “much happier bunny now,” talked about getting help for feeling “wonky” in an interview with an Irish radio station yesterday (April 7).

Talking to Eoghan McDermott on Irish state broadcaster RTE’s 2FM, Clayton said “I relied too much on alcohol and other things to get me through. I pretty much had a eureka moment. I was fed up of the way I felt constantly. In my particular case, it was difficult for me not to go ‘you’ve got a great life, what’s wrong with you’. Eventually I got fed up with feeling fed up.”

“Eventually a few friends who’d been through alcohol and drug treatment said ‘you can get over this, you can feel better’. At the root of addiction, certainly in my case, was a mental issue. It’s how I approached the day. I was able to get help and revise my thinking and turn that around. I’m a much happier bunny now.”

“Any kind of medical issue, particularly men, we don’t like going to doctors for anything,” Clayton continued. “Particularly with mental health, you don’t have to say you’re depressed, you just have to say I’m feeling a bit wonky, I feel a little broken. It’s a very complicated world we live in with all kinds of pressures, and we get it wrong sometimes.”

“A big part of it is demystifying it,” the U2 man concluded. He was speaking as part of a campaign called #MindYourSelfie, which runs today (April 8). The campaign aims to get mental health books on various topics into schools. Clayton also spoke about adapting U2’s show to fit into their hometown Dublin’s 3Arena.

Listen to the interview below:

Guitarist The Edge recently revealed that U2 have more than 50 songs on the way for their new album.

He told Rolling Stone: “Including a lot of my really rough demos – I’m not suggesting they’re finished, by any means – there’s actually 50 pieces of music that I’ve put time into. Some of them have not been arranged or performed by the band, but there’s 50 ideas, and probably about 20 that we’re actually really excited about. So we’ve got some ways to narrow it down, but we’re in good shape.”

The guitarist also hinted at a return to touring sooner rather than later.