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Norman Cook: I can do gigs sober

Norman Cook has revealed he finds it easy turning down drink while DJing - because the euphoria of remembering his past gigs gets him high.

The superstar DJ, who goes by the name of Fatboy Slim, tackled his alcoholism last year during a spell in rehab and while he is now comfortable with performing sober, he admitted it took him a while to get used to it.

Speaking before his headline performance at the Cool Britannia festival in Cape Town, South Africa, he said: "It took about a month to get my head around DJing sober because I'd always been right in the middle of the party, and suddenly I was on the outside and watching the other people party. It took a while but it's just a different mindset."

He went on: "There's a thing I learnt in rehab called euphoric recall which is where you've got so much serotonin going on in your head from the parties you've had before. I just get carried away when I see other people partying."

And he said festival organisers are left bemused by his high-energy performances without drugs or alcohol.

Referring to a recent performance in Durban, he said: "The bloke offered me a drink afterwards and I said 'no thanks, I don't drink' and he went 'I'd like to know what pills you're taking then!'. I was like 'actually, no this really is natural'. So I've still got enough memories of partying to do it without a drink."

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