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Don Imus Still Sober After 18 Years

January 7, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ Don Imus, after quitting drinking and cocaine nearly two decades ago, says he’s still staying clear of temptation.

``I don’t take any chances. I’ve had 18 sober years,″ the radio talk-show host says in the February issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands Tuesday. ``I just got to get through the day.″

Reflecting on his past vices, Imus says he was ``not a good drunk.″ The 65-year-old also claims he first chose to break his cocaine habit because it became ``too big a hassle.″

``Cocaine was fun for the first couple lines,″ he says. ``Then you run out. You never plan ahead. You always run out. Cocaine dealers are the second-most irresponsible people on the planet. Really. You can’t get hold of them. The guy says he will be here with the coke in an hour. And it’s three hours.″

Imus, host of the syndicated radio program ``Imus in the Morning,″ which also airs on MSNBC, said he and his wife of 11 years, Deirdre, avoid seeing friends and going out at night.

The quiet nights have left Imus with plenty of energy for his frequent rants.

``It’s fine to pick on people who can defend themselves and deserve it,″ he says of his mostly political targets. ``Some people don’t deserve to be picked on, who I picked on _ so I don’t do it anymore.″

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http://www.imus.msnbc.com

http://www.vanityfair.com/

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