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Rock stars old and new finally have legitimate scientific reasons for the drug and alcohol addictions they've suffered/enjoyed throughout the decades, says science. According to a study led by University Of Oxford psychologist Robin Dunbar, the "active performance of music" triggers an endorphin release that results in an increase in "post-activity pain tolerance." Dunbar used pain tolerance as a means to measure endorphin release and ultimately found that those performing music—not those listening—are nearly always susceptible to a post-show high, making them similarly more prone to the pursuit of maintaining that high after the show.


But don't take our word for it: read Scott Douglas' article in The Atlantic for the full scoop.