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Brian Wilson: 'Psychedelics fried my brain'

The Beach Boys star has been completely sober for three years now.

Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson is hoping his new memoir will highlight the "detrimental and dangerous" affects of drug use for readers.

The 74-year-old musician experimented heavily with acid and other types of psychedelics during his heyday in the 1960s, kickstarting a lifelong battle with addiction.

He writes in detail about his struggle to stay clean, which triggered his long battle with mental illness in his second autobiography I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir, a book the singer/songwriter wrote in part to steer people away from getting high.

"I want people to realise that drugs can be very detrimental and dangerous," he tells Rolling Stone magazine. "I talk a lot about my bad experiences on drugs in the book for that reason."

"I've told a lot of people don't take psychedelic drugs," Wilson adds. "It's mentally dangerous to take. I regret having taken LSD. It's a bad drug."

Brian is convinced the mental health struggles he's coped with for so many years are directly connected to having been under the influence, noting his "struggle for mental health is the result of bad drugs".

Fortunately for the rock icon he has been actively working on healing this part of his life within the past few years and the star reveals he learned a lot about his own recovery process while writing his new memoir.

"I learned that I had a lot of courage," he shares. "I had the courage to face up to my... There's a Serenity Prayer for (sobriety support organisation) Alcoholics Anonymous: 'God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can't change, the courage to change the things I can't'.

"I've been sober now for three-and-a-half years. My doctor told me to knock off the alcohol... and I did; I stopped. I feel a lot better, too."

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