In an interview with Daily Star, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett talked about the real trigger of James Hetfield‘s alcohol addiction and clarified whether there was a connection with the release of Metallica whiskey.

As you might remember, Metallica’s legendary vocalist James Hetfield has been struggling with substance abuse throughout the years. Back in 2003, during the recording of Metallica’s eighth studio album, ‘St. Anger,’ James entered rehabilitation for his ongoing alcohol problems.

Unfortunately, while Hetfield seemed to be doing okay for a while, his alcohol issues emerged once again in 2019. Metallica had to cancel their tour of Australia so James could go rehab.

Recently, Kirk Hammett joined an interview with Daily Star and talked about the reason why his bandmate’s problems arised again. Hammett also answered questions about whether the band’s customized whiskey brand, Blackened, had anything to do with James’ alcohol addiction.

According to Kirk’s statements, James’ struggle with alcohol had nothing to do with their whiskey brand. He claimed it was mostly derived from the personal issues Metallica icon had both mentally and emotionally.

Here’s what Kirk Hammett stated regarding the real reason behind James Hetfield’s alcohol addiction:

“You can’t compare the two things. James’s struggle to get dry is a completely personal matter mentally and emotionally. The fact that we produce, bottle and sell alcohol is totally independent of this.

It is completely up to you whether you drink or not. And I think I can sell what I want. If I were a diabetic, that wouldn’t mean that I couldn’t sell sweets.”

Furthermore, Hammett mentioned they had been holding a meeting once a week to keep in touch and tried to be supportive of James during these challenging days as both his bandmates and long time friends and added:

“We hold a virtual meeting once a week to keep in touch. James is working his way out of his situation. We can really only try to support him.”

Click here to read the entire interview with Kirk Hammett.