By Gary Graff, Billboard.com

Alice Cooper traded booze for birdies, and he writes about saving his life through golf in his just-published memoir, "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock 'n' Roller's 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict" (Crown).

"I traded one bad habit for another habit, only this habit (golf) was a lot healthier," says Cooper, who went through rehab in the late '70s and early '80s but has been clean and sober since 1983 and has counseled other celebrities about kicking their addictions.

Cooper, who co-wrote the book with twin brothers Keith and Kent Zimmerman, alternates chapters about his golf experiences with details about the rest of his life.

"Golf Addict" is unsparing in its account of Cooper's descent into alcoholism and is surprisingly open about his post-rehab turn to Christianity.

"I never look at the past as being anything I can't talk about," explains Cooper, who refers to his 1976 autobiography "Me, Alice," as "a drunken rant."

"I'm the eternal optimist; I look at things and go, 'Well, I don't really live in that era anymore. I did that stuff. It's a matter of record. But I'm really more interested in what I'm gonna do this afternoon than what I did then."

Cooper kicks off a world tour on May 28 in Santiago, Chile, and is due in North America later this summer.