So I have this analogy that I think fits. A lot of the time, people will associate the quality of a musician with the drugs they did. But, it seems to me like drugs usually correlate with a musician getting worse. So, it seems like the musician would have been better if they hadn't done drugs at all. They may have been good, but how much better could they have been?What kind of jobs did people have where a setting like that even works? My job isn't the most difficult or tricky one in the world, but even then I still need to concentrate. Beer, yoga, and laundry are the opposite of focusing. Why not add an obstacle course between the cubicals as well? Was it all clickbait journos or something?
Similarly, back when the tech industry was really booming, other industries looked at their wild success and their ball pits and all that and assumed that the useless bullshit (drugs) were helping them make crazy profits. What they didn't realize was that the useless bullshit was just pulling down the tech companies the whole time, and it was being a new industry (being a good musician) that made them grow so fast.