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Stuart Cable

The UK music community was shaken in June 2010 when founding Stereophonics sticksman Stuart Cable died following a drinking binge. The Welsh-born musician was just 40 years old.

BBC News reports that his girlfriend Rachel Jones has established the Think Before You Drink initiative. She’s calling for more hard-hitting alcohol warning labels to be created, as the “enjoy responsibly” message is no longer acceptable.

“Following the death of Stuart in June and then the death of another close friend at Christmas, I decided to have a meeting with Nia Griffith, the Llanelli MP, to ask her why a packet of cigarettes has such a stark warning on it, yet alcohol doesn’t. I just couldn’t understand the hypocrisy… what we’ve got to remember is that alcohol poisoning, it’s called poisoning for a reason. And just like any other poisonous substance, [it] should have the labeling on the bottle or if not, labeling images or a help line.”

Jones also explained to Scotland’s Daily Record that she blames a “vodka diet” for Cable’s death.

“Stuart was getting ready for a festival,” she said. “All the guys were getting gig-fit. There are diets that say a vodka is better than half a lager because it is lower in calories. Stuart had a large amount of spirits that night and that took its toll on him. Spirits are so strong that people don’t realize what they are doing to them.”

Vocalist/guitarist Kelly Jones, bassist Richard Jones and Cable founded Stereophonics in 1992. Cable appeared on the band’s first four albums, including 1999’s stellar Performance & Cocktails. After his 2003 dismissal from the group, Cable started another rock band, Killing For Company. He also went on to become a well-known media personality for BBC Wales and BBC Radio Wales.

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By MacKenzie Wilson