OK so we touched upon it in the song structure thread, but I feel it deserves a thread all of its own. Please chip in your experiences... - Do drugs/alcohol and metal mix? (What a stupid question ) - Does it contribute positively to the writing process? - Lyrics/music do both benefit/suffer in the same way? - What do YOU use? - Any interesting stories/cool stuff we should know about? For me personally, my lyrics vastly improve with a bit of "mental lubrication" from grape or grain. As I try and write complicated music this suffers a little as it doesn't take many beers to disconnect my fingers from my brain. That last bit rhymes and I'm not even drunk!