Dave Grohl Was Hospitalized For Drinking Too Much Coffee

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl discussed his love of coffee, and how drinking too much of it once led to him having to go to the hospital. He told Beats 1 Radio (transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar):

“I actually had to go to a hospital once for drinking coffee.

“I was making [2009’s] Them Crooked Vultures record, and doing a Foo Fighters record, and just had a new kid.

“I was sleeping four hours a night, I was drinking three pots of coffee a day.

“And I started having fucking chest pains. I just turned 40, and I was like, ‘Of course I’m gonna die, I’m 40!’

“It’s crazy because we had to go play on 4th of July at the White House, and this was a couple of days before [the show]. And I’m like ‘Fuck, I don’t want to go to the doctor, he’s gonna tell me not to play the White House!’

“I figured if I have the heart attack, it’s a great place to have it! I’ll be fine!

“So we do it, and I come home and call my doctor. ‘I’m having chest pains.’ And he’s like ‘Are you having them right now?’ ‘Yeah, kinda.’ He goes, ‘Get in here!’

“So I go to the doctor’s office and like, full six million dollar man, on the treadmill, and fucking x-rays, and fucking stuff everywhere. Then he’s like, ‘Just go do an MRI.’

“And I’m convinced I’m dying. I go and I’m like in the MRI, and get the whole thing. I come out and sitting there, and there’s the readout thing, the doctor comes in.

“He takes one look at my heart thing and he goes, ‘How old are you?’ I said, ‘I’m 40.’ He goes, ‘Why are you here?’ I said, ‘Because I’m having fucking chest pains and I think I’m gonna die!’

“He says, ‘Your heart looks fine. Are you under a lot of stress?’ I’m like ‘A little bit.’ And he goes ‘Do you sleep much?’ ‘I sleep like four hours a night.’

“He then goes, ‘Do you drink coffee?’ [Laughs] I was like ‘Yeah, a little bit.’ I told him I’m a musician.

“He says, ‘Lay back on the coffee, play drums three or four days a week, and have a glass of red wine before bed.’ That was his prescription! And I did! And look at me now! It worked like a fucking charm!”