ROLLING Stone Ronnie Wood has ditched his punishing regime of endless cocaine binges for the more sedate lifestyle of month-long drinking sessions with Russian barmaids.
Friends of Wood are relieved that, at the age of 61, he is finally slowing down and devoting more of his time to vodka and teenage girls.
One source close to the superstar said: "Ronnie was a workaholic. He would spend up to three weeks without sleep, constantly looking for new holes to put cocaine into.
"His only respite would be the hourly break to drink absinthe and have dangerously acrobatic sex with nine of the women queuing outside the hotel."
The source added: "There's only so long you can keep that up before your body says, 'enough is enough – drink nothing but vodka and stick to one teenager at a time'."
Another close friend said: "For Ronnie this is a bit like taking up gardening or golf.
"He's getting to bed at 4am and sleeping for at least five hours a night. He's introduced solids into his diet and is only smoking things that started off as plants.
"But what's really important is that for the first time in his life, he's really enjoying his vodka and 19 year-olds."